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Girl Scout cookie sales underway

Sunday, February 10th, 2013 | Posted by

Linda MacBee, a volunteer with Heifer Project International, visited with Junior Girl Scout Troop 10141 to discuss how their donation is helping a family in Kenya.

Buy Girl Scout cookies, give back to the community – city limits and beyond.

Sales are now underway throughout Sonoma Valley, with chocolate-covered Thin Mints and caramel and coconut Samoas providing more than a tasty treat. Proceeds fund everything from dog food and cat toys at Pets Lifeline to holiday cards for soldiers serving in Afghanistan.

This year it’s easier than ever to purchase cookies. Several locations feature drive-thru booths where motorists can buy favorites like shortbread Trefoils or lemon Savannah Smiles without leaving the wheel.

The cost is $4 per box.

Daisy Girl Scouts from Troop 10882 used cookie money to help cats and dogs awaiting adoption at Pets Lifeline. Daisies Anna and Lauren are pictured.

Cookie proceeds fund Girl Scout programs and activities and support a wide range of community service projects while also helping girls develop leadership and sales skills.

“It’s really win-win for our customers – they get delicious cookies and girls gain skills that will help them into their adult lives,” said Jessa Rank, service unit director for Sonoma Valley.
“We are also so proud that the girls use quite a bit of their profits to fund projects for the community.”

While local Girl Scouts will offer the same eight varieties as before, the packaging is new. This year’s redesigned cookie boxes highlight various badges girls can earn: public speaking, finances, gardening, philanthropy and more.

In addition to Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils and Savannah Smiles, varieties include chocolate-covered peanut butter Tagalongs, crispy Dulce de Leche, peanut butter sandwich Do-Si-Dos, and cranberry Thank U Berry Munch.

Nutritional information is available at iLoveCookies.org.

Girls will be stationed at a variety of locations this year, with booth sales from Feb. 11 to March 10 at Lucky, Safeway, Sonoma Market, Glen Ellen Village Market, Wells Fargo Bank, West America Bank, Chase Bank, Staples and Friedman’s Home Improvement.

Drive-thru locations will be available Saturdays and Sundays at the  Sonoma Truck and Auto Center at the corner of Broadway and East MacArthur Street and at Sonoma Chevrolet on Napa Street on Feb. 23.

Customers are encouraged to ask Girl Scouts about their service projects. Among those:

 Daisy Troop 10130, ages 5 to 7, created art kits for children at the Valley of the Moon Children’s Home. Their kits included a large sketch pad, pencil case, colored pencils, an eraser and pencil sharpener. The girls delivered the kits and toured the center and especially enjoyed meeting the comfort pet, a golden retriever named Daisy.

 Cadette Troop 10032, comprised of middle-school students, organized card-making workshops. In December, the troop sent more than 400 handcrafted Christmas cards to soldiers in Afghanistan with care packages sponsored by the local American Legion. The girls received several notes from soldiers commenting on the morale-boosting cards – and politely asking for Girl Scout cookies. The troop will use proceeds to send cookies to soldiers.

Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts from Troop 10406 get into the sales spirit.

 Junior Troop 10141, ages 9 to 11, sponsored a goat for a family in Kenya through the organization Heifer Project International. The girls studied Kenya for a Girl Scout event and learned about how a goat or other animal can help a family start a business and begin to work their way out of poverty.

 Junior Troop 10223 donated $100 to FISH (Friends in Sonoma Helping).

 Another group of Junior Girl Scouts, Troop 10240, donated 10 percent of their cookie proceeds to Pets Lifeline.

 Daisy Troop 10882 made a donation to Pets Lifeline, providing about $200 worth of food for the dogs plus $75 in toys for the cats. The scouts toured the shelter and saw firsthand how their donation was helping the pets awaiting adoption. This year the troop plans to purchase new books for the children’s section at Sonoma Valley Regional Library.

Girl Scouts, which celebrated its centennial last year, sponsors the Gift of Caring program that allows customers to donate cookies directly to military troops overseas or to local food banks. Information is available at the cookie booths.

Girl Scout troops in Sonoma Valley are part of Girl Scouts of Northern California. The regional organization serves more than 49,000 girls and 32,000 adult volunteers in a 19-county area from Gilroy to the Oregon border.

Girl Scouts is part of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts with memberships in 145 countries.

For more information about Girl Scouts, visit GirlScoutsNorCal.org or sonomagirlscouts.com.

  • Jenny Shipston

    Love what Girl Scouts is teaching my daughter. She learns public speaking, importance of giving, just to name a few. Many thanks to our dedicated troop leaders. By supporting Girl Scouts, you are helping to fund so many wonderful things that help everyone in our community. Thanks Dianne for this great article.

  • Monica Badgley

    Great article!! My girls of troop 10107 are saving money to spend the night at a lighthouse hostel. They really benifit from learning math thru counting back change, speaking with adult customers and the excitement of having an achievable goal.

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