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Girl Scouts' Operation Cookie Drop brings smiles to soldiers around the world

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More than 1.25 million Girl Scout cookies (nationwide), including Thin Mints, Do Si Dos, Samoas and Savannah Smiles are now on their way to troops in Afghanistan, Bahrain and Kuwait, etc. thanks to a joint effort between the Girl Scouts of America and delivery giant DHL. In fact, Girl Scouts in Western Washington State alone collected 143,618 boxes this year (a 9% rise over 2013’s campaign). Another 70,000 boxes were collected by troops in New York’s Central Hudson Valley, which has scheduled its next Cookie Drop event in Valhalla, NY for June 14, 2014.

DHL and the Girls Scouts have been partnering to make lives a little “sweeter” for military personnel overseas for the past 9 years, noted Joe Lotz, director of DHL Express JFK Gateway, who added that a shipment put together by scouts in Nassau County (Long Island) this weekend should arrive in Bahrain this coming Saturday.

“These soldiers have been through a lot,” commented Katelyn Staley, 10, of Massapequa, NY who managed to get customers to buy 101 boxes of cookies to be donated to soldiers. “It’s good for us to bring a taste of home to them.”

This year, Scouts selling cookies during their annual fundraising campaign offered the public the choice of buying them for their own use, or purchasing boxes for the troops. Donations made in Nassau were then packed and loaded aboard trucks in Garden City bound for the JFK International Airport with the help of National Guardsmen, many of whom had served several tours of duty in the Middle East, themselves.

Other beneficiaries of cookie donations in various areas throughout the US have included local military bases, hospitals, and victims of Superstorm Sandy, communities devastated by tornadoes and other natural disasters throughout the Midwest, to name a few. Readers who wish to participate in the Girls Scouts Operation Cookie Drop can contact their local chapter.