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Girl Scouts send cookies to military overseas

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Thanks to the generosity of cookie customers, veterans’ groups and Girl Scout troops, Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains loaded more than 1,000 cases of Girl Scout Cookies at their Bedford headquarters on to a moving van bound for Pease Air National Guard Base in Portsmouth on April 24.

Through the Family Readiness Program at Pease, cookies will be distributed to military personnel here and abroad.

Since the Persian Gulf War, the New Hampshire Air National Guard’s family support program has made it possible to deliver a “taste of home” to our military forces. The April 24 delivery by Able Moving and Storage of Amherst, which donates its truck, fuel and a crew each year, is more than 12,000 individual boxes of Girl Scout Cookies.

Many donors including veterans’ groups and Girl Scouts wrote cards and letters and sent them with the boxes. Some of the cases were delivered to the “Pease Greeters,” and some will go to MooreMart, retired judge Paul Moore’s collection for servicemen and women done several times a year in the Nashua area.

This year, Girl Scouts in Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, serving New Hampshire and Vermont, sold 1,333,567 packages of Girl Scout Cookies. All of the proceeds support local Girl Scouts. Girls earn Cookie Dough to use for camp or programs, troops earn a portion for their activities, and the rest enables the council to offer hundreds of programs to girls each year, and day and resident camp opportunities.

Girl Scouts is celebrating 101 years of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains serves more than 14,500 girls across New Hampshire and Vermont, thanks to 5,500 trained and dedicated volunteers.

– Submitted by Mary Ellen Hettinger

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