Girl Scout cookie sales underway

Thursday, January 19, 2012
Holding up boxes showing the many varieties of Girl Scout cookies available are members of Rector Troop 3389, from left, Hayley Naney, Chyna Benefield and Savannah Potter. (TD photo/Nancy Kemp)

It's Girl Scout cookie time again. Girl Scouts in Clay County and surrounding areas began selling Girl Scout cookies Saturday, Jan. 14. The sales effort concludes Sunday, Jan. 29, however scouts will be able to continue filling cookie orders from the troops' extra cookies through about March 16 or until all of the extra cookies are gone.

Cookies are $3.50 a box and payment is due upon delivery.

A new cookie this year, Savannah Smiles, is a crisp, zesty, lemon-flavored cookie. Other flavors include: Thin Mints, Trefoils, Tagalongs, Do-Si-Dos, Dulce De Leche, Thank U Berry Much and Samoas.

Those who are interested in buying cookies and are not contacted by a Girl Scout may call the Girl Scout Council office at (870) 932-2833 or (800) 932-2833 for more information.

Some troops will be participating in a Gift of Caring project while taking Girl Scout cookie orders. Girls will ask customers if they would like to purchase extra cookies to donate to an organization that the troop chooses. Cookie donations are tax deductible and a receipt will be given for each donation.

"Donating cookies is simple," said a Council spokesman. "Just mark the white box with the number of donated boxes you wish to purchase (type of cookie is not needed). Troops will take care of the rest. We look forward to your support and we thank you very much.

"What can a cookie do? More than you can see," the spokesman said. "Cookies and the activities surrounding the program have inspired girls to dream more, be more empowered, give more to the community and do more than they ever thought possible. We are celebrating 100 years of Girl Scout history by giving girls more reasons to be remarkable. They can celebrate the 100th anniversary by knocking on 100 doors, selling 100 boxes of cookies the first week of sales, collecting 100 orders on a goal getter card, selling 100 packages at a cookie booth...the possibilities are endless on how to celebrate this milestone. We are looking forward to everyone's support to help make this year's sale a big success for the girls."

The Council's objective for the annual sale is to teach Girl Scouts lessons in goal setting, money management and salesmanship. The cookie sale also helps troops earn money to fund service projects, trips and other yearly plans and activities.

The sale also helps the Girl Scout Council to provide programs and services and maintain council properties and equipment with the money earned. Girls also are rewarded recognitions based on the number of boxes sold.

The annual Girl Scout cookie sale is sponsored by the Girl Scouts-Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas Council, a non-profit United Way agency.

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