Write a Letter for Operation Cookie Drop!

March 19, 2018

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In 2018 we are celebrating 13 amazing years of Operation Cookie Drop, a community service project that brings a sweet taste of home to military men and women deployed far from home. In our first year we collected enough donations to purchase 45,000 boxes for our military. Over the last 12 years we have donated almost 900,000 boxes of cookies to our military! Our mission this year? Reach ONE MILLION boxes donated by the close of the 2018 Cookie Program!

We deliver cookies 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. Check out our council website for photos and videos of these deliveries!

NCPacks4Patriots is a nonprofit organization formed with the mission to support troops and their family members by providing care and comfort items and expressions of appreciation for their service and sacrifices. They greatly appreciate all the cookie donations, letters to the troops, and service our Girl Scouts provide. Barbara Whitehead, their Director, said, “Nothing says home more than the taste of Girl Scout cookies. We all grew up waiting for Girl Scout Cookie time, and everyone has a favorite cookie. 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.”

Barbara says the cookies are important, but what really touches our military when they are so far from home is a letter or card from our Girl Scouts that are included in the care packages. These simple cards express appreciation for what they are sacrificing, reminds them how proud we are of the work they are doing, and reminds them that they are remembered even when they are so far from home.

Want to help? Plan a letter writing campaign at one of your troop meetings between now and April 15th. Drop off the letters and cards at any of our council shops, give them to your Membership Director to deliver, or mail them to the Raleigh Service Center at 6901 Pinecrest Road, Raleigh, NC 27613 (Attn: Product Sales).

Have questions? Please email Amy Vitale at avitale@nccoastalpines.org And thank you for all your support!



Happy Birthday, Girl Scouts! Reflecting on Our History

March 12, 2018

1467230865602As we celebrate Girl Scouts’ 106th birthday, we acknowledge the creation of the very first troop in Savannah, GA.  Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low invited a group of girls to a meeting and began teaching them the ten parts of the Law as they were stated at the time:  A Girl Scout is Honorable, Loyal, Useful, A Friend to All, Courteous, Pure, Kind to Animals, Obedient, Cheerful and Thrifty. Today, Girl Scouts take the lead in their homes, schools, and local communities in fidelity to these basic principles.

Daisy encouraged the girls to get outside and explore the outdoors, learn all about nature and be physically active, even creating a basketball court at her home so that girls could play freely in their own space. She donated her carriage house (what we would call a garage today) to serve as the first Girl Scout office. And to finance the books, patches and uniform pieces she deemed essential to Girl Scouting, she sold her pearls.

With boundless energy and an unfailing vision, our Founder advocated for girls. She refused to let her efforts be limited by her health, society’s expectations of girls and women or the word, “No.” Daisy’s fierce determination inspired others to carry on this important work, so that our Movement would grow from a handful of girls in her parlor in 1912 to more than 50 million alumnae a century later.

She extended her hand in sisterhood not only to her local community, but also to the world. After inviting Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to convene at our national training center, 26 countries around the globe sent delegates to Camp Edith Macy in 1926. Among the celebrations and folk dances, the delegates resolved to establish World Thinking Day, a tradition we uphold today. Daisy pushed for this conference as her final gift to the Movement, for she would pass away less than a year later.

While technology now connects people in a manner unthinkable in Daisy’s day, today’s girls grapple with the frantic pace of life and practically limitless choices for how to occupy their time. In the midst of this day-to-day frenzy, our Movement provides respite with a refreshing blend of outdoor fun, learning, sisterhood, and service opportunities. The “how” may have changed, but the “why” remains. Our Promise inspires all Girl Scouts to be honorable, helpful, service-minded and faithful to the Law.


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