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10 Years and Still Going Strong

January 26, 2015

By Amy Vitale, Product Sales Manager

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Happy 10th Birthday, Operation Cookie Drop!

This year we are excited to celebrate our council-wide Cookie Sale service program here at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines, Operation Cookie Drop. This program allows Girl Scout to collect donations that are used to purchase Girl Scout cookies for our military men and women serving in the US and abroad. We continually hear that the cookies are a welcome taste of home, especially for those stationed thousands of miles away.

Girl Scouts collected enough donations in our first year to purchase 45,000 boxes. And over the last nine years we have shipped almost 700,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to military personnel. This year we are looking to break a new record – our goal is to receive enough donations to purchase 100,000 boxes of cookies!

Cookies will be delivered to the USO of NC centers in Jacksonville and at RDU International airport and NCPacks4Patriots based in Ayden. In addition, cookies will also be distributed to military personnel deployed from U.S. Marine installation Cherry Point in Havelock, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, and U.S. Army base Fort Bragg in Fayetteville.

The Operation Cookie Drop Program gives our Girl Scouts the opportunity to support our military, many of whom are part of our Girl Scout family. Laura Lee Davis, Membership Director for Pamlico, Craven and Carteret counties, shared, “It means an opportunity for us to give back to the military who give so much to us throughout the year, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.”

“They’ve joined the Marine Corps. They get moved all over the country, and if they come to a place like Cherry Point and the greater Havelock area, they really feel that community reach out and touch them, even through cookies. It’s something that they’ll never forget, so we appreciate it,” stated Maj. Gen. Robert Hedelund, commanding general of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing based at Cherry Point, at last year’s Operation Cookie Drop event.

And if that isn’t reason enough, there are some great rewards for girls as well. Every girl who receives enough donations to purchase 15 boxes of cookies receives an awesome Operation Cookie Drop patch. In recognition of the program’s 10th anniversary, we also have a special patch girls can earn for receiving enough donations for 25 boxes of cookies.

Operation Cookie Drop is a win-win for everyone! Help us reach our goal of 10,000 boxes – support our Girl Scouts, our military, and Operation Cookie drop during this year’s Cookie Sale!

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Terrific Tips from Top Girl Scout Cookie Sellers

January 20, 2015

By Jenny Taylor, Communications and Public Relations Intern

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Can you believe it is almost cookie time again? We are so excited about the 2015 Girl Scout Cookie Sale here at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines and can’t wait to see what goals our girls will reach this year. To kick off the season and help girls get inspired to give their best this year, we talked to two of last year’s top sellers to get their advice on what it takes to be a super seller.

Xena G. from Wake County sold 4,750 boxes last year and increased her sales by 56% in one year! Xena’s advice to her fellow Girl Scouts is to remember to SMILE. It sounds simple, but her success is proven. “If you look happy, they will buy from you,” says Xena. She also suggests pairing up younger Girl Scouts with a more experienced cookie seller as a mentor at the cookie booths.

Taylor W. from Wake County sold 3,803 boxes last year and sold the most Operation Cookie Drop boxes last year. Taylor’s advice is to ask everyone to purchase boxes for our service members. Even people who don’t want cookies might be willing to purchase some for service members, so don’t hesitate to inform them about Operation Cookie Drop and just ask. Taylor echoes Xena’s great advice to smile and be happy and enthusiastic about selling. She promises that will help you sell more cookies.

Emerson F. from Pitt County sold 4,005 boxes last year. She may be only 7 years old, but she is fearless in her efforts to sell cookies and promote Operation Cookie Drop. Emerson suggests asking customers to donate their spare change for the donation program. In her experience, most will donate some change and even small amounts help. Another key to Emerson’s success is selling to local businesses, especially banks. She asked her mom to drive her and she would go in and turn on her charm, selling to both employees and customers of the business.

Way to go Xena, Taylor, and Emerson! We hope everyone is ready to put these terrific tips into practice and have an awesome 2015 sale and another successful Operation Cookie Drop. Good luck, Girl Scouts!

 

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