Girl Scouts donate famous treats to combat troops
U.S. troops overseas are in for a sweet treat thanks to the efforts of local Girl Scouts and a Pompano Beach charity.
Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida once again exceeded its goal of collecting donations this year to purchase 35,000 boxes of cookies to send to U.S. troops.
This is the fourth year that the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida conducted its Cookies for the Military campaign. After selling more than 80,000 boxes in the past three years, the Girl Scouts reported 35,551 sold this year, a more than 20 percent increase over 2011.
America's Mom for Soldiers, and specifically the service members they reach, will be the primary beneficiary of the drive. The Pompano Beach-based charity sends monthly care packages to troops in Afghanistan. In the past few months, those troops have received an extra surprise.
“We're probably shipping more to troops in combat than any [other group] in Florida,” said Judy Smith, president of America's Moms for Soldiers. “Our South Florida Girl Scouts did a tremendous job in showing their support for our troops. Thanks to them, there will be thousands of soldiers, airmen, marines and corpsmen in Afghanistan who will receive a welcome taste of home.”
America's Moms for Soldiers received nearly 20,000 boxes with a shipment in April and another truck arrived from the bakery in July. Other groups including Forgotten Soldiers and Soldiers' Angels also received cases of cookies.
Melinda Glasco, director of marketing for the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, said the organization learned about America's Moms for Soldiers from one of its scouting volunteers.
For information, visit www.AmericasMomsForSoldiers.com.