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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 And thank you for all your support!



From Cookies to Catering! Jill Santa Lucia – Owner and CEO Catering Works

February 19, 2018

I’m the owner of my own business, CEO Catering Works, and I was a Girl Scout, which gave me the beginning of salesmanship tools that I still use today.

I’m so thankful that I participated in the largest girl-led business in the world, and learned essential skills like goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. My daughter, Ella, was also a Girl Scout! We enjoyed sharing Girl Scout experiences together, and it was exciting to see her learn these skills as well.

These skills matter because they position a girl for career success. A girl who can set goals and meet deadlines, who works well with others, who understands customers, who can influence others, and who is honest, trustworthy, and reliable is very marketable to future employers. Or she can even become her own employer!

Jill and Daughter, Ella

The Girl Scout cookie sale was the highlight of my year. My best memory was when my father took me out of school for a whole day and we went to his high-rise office in downtown Rochester, hitting every floor. Building those communication skills with adults was an extremely important ability to develop. I always had the highest cookie sales which made me very goal-oriented, constantly striving to top my previous goal each year.

Girl Scouts gives young women purpose, builds their self-esteem, and increases confidence in their financial literacy abilities – all necessary skills for owning a business. Girl Scouts also encouraged me to give back to my community. I have a passion for helping the local community through donations of food and service, including Interfaith Food Shuttle and many other charitable organizations. Girl Scouts is the reason I have a passion to help others and a drive to succeed at my business!

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