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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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Top Seller supports our Military

July 1, 2014

Amy Vitale – Product Sales Manager

Taylor - Girl Scouts - NC Coastal PinesAt the end of every Cookie Sale, our department calculates all kinds of statistics – how many boxes were sold? How many girls participated? What was the most popular variety? And of course, which Girl Scouts lead area and council sales?

This year, a new number jumped out during our calculations – $2,565.50 to be exact.  That is the amount of donations that Taylor W., a member of Girl Scout Cadette Troop #877, collected for Operation Cookie Drop.  That’s enough to purchase 733 boxes of cookies! This is almost an 100% increase over the amount she collected last year, and a 50% increase above last year’s top seller for this donation program.

Congratulations, Taylor!  We are so impressed by her leadership.  As her grandmother said to me,“I am so very proud of her.” And so are we! Taylor received a beautiful plaque honoring her achievement.

Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines is in our tenth year of Operation Cookie Drop. In our first year, donations helped purchase 45,000 boxes, and over the last ten years we have shipped almost 700,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to our military! Following the 2014 sale, cookies were delivered to Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, Cherry Point in Havelock, Fort Bragg near Fayetteville, NCPacks4Patriots in Ayden, Seymour Johnson AFB in Goldsboro, and both the USO of NC at RDU airport and in Jacksonville.

Operation Cookie Drop - Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines“Nothing says home more than the taste of Girl Scout cookies. We all grew up waiting for cookie sales time, and everyone has our favorite cookies. To have that taste of home, that walk down memory lane to a happy time, means the world to our troops. But most of all, our troops know that they are not forgotten, and their country still appreciates their service, and thinks of them,” said Barbara Whitehead, director of NCPacks4Patriots.

Maj. Gen. Robert Hedelund, commanding general of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing based at Cherry Point, added, “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.”

These sentiments are exactly why Girl Scouts works so hard for the Operation Cookie Drop program.  It provides girls and the community the opportunity to support our military, many of whom are part of our Girl Scout family.

Congratulations to Taylor for your top selling sales and all of the Girl Scouts in our council who helped make this year’s program such a success!

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