NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. — Everyone loves Girl Scout cookies. But not everyone has access to them. Thanks to the actions of Cadette Girl Scout Troop 30680, however, many boxes of cookies will soon find their way into the hands of those who will appreciate them the most: soldiers serving in Afghanistan.
This is the third year Troop 30680 has collected cookies for troops overseas. According to Troop Leader Sue DesMarais, the collection began as a way to honor the father of one of the girls in the troop, who was on active duty at the time. The next year, Troop 30680 participates in Operation Gratitude, an online organization that sends 100,000 care packages to service members annually.
This year, DesMarais said the Troop worked with AMVETS Post 495 to ship care packages to men and women from the Metrowest area who are currently serving.
"I really liked the idea of having our cookies get sent to local service men and women," she said. "So I asked if they'd accept donations of girl scout cookies."
Troop 30680 collected boxes all throughout the Girl Scout cookie sale, which ran from January 20 to March 4. They also got some help from other troops. All together, the girls collected 110 boxes.
According to Ken Phillips, chair of the AMVETS "Packages for the Troops" committee, the cookies will be shipped next week.
"Part of the Girl Scout promise is 'to serve God and my country,'" DesMarais said. "This is one small way that our young girls can, indeed, be of service to their country."
She added that the Troop is planning to continue this drive every year.