Girl Scout Cookie Sales Now Underway

Thursday, January 23, 2014
Girl Scouts from across Clay County sample their products at the cookie sale rally held at the Piggott Community Center.

It's Girl Scout cookie time again, and orders are now being taken for the "cookies with a mission." Local Girl Scouts began taking orders for cookies Saturday, Jan. 11 and officially kicked-off this year's effort with a rally at the Piggott Community Center.

Members of Troop #216 will continue to take orders through Sunday, Jan. 26 with delivery set for February. Following the initial order-taking, local Girl Scouts will also be selling cookies at area booths beginning Feb. 21.

The cost of the cookies remains at $3.50 per box this year, with proceeds supporting local Girl Scout troops and programs for the participants. And, once again this year there are eight flavors to choose from--Do-si-Dos, Dulce de Leche, Samoas, Tagalongs, Thank You Berry Munch, Thin Mints, Trefoils and Savannah Smiles. As in previous years, Girl Scout cookies remain trans fat free.

Girl Scout leaders note the cookie program has become an important part of the leadership experience, and helps build five essential life skills--goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the world, generating $790 million in annual sales. The program has also been long cherished as a tradition for the girls and volunteers, dating back to the 1930's.

And for individuals who are not cookie fans, or perhaps watching their waistlines, there is the Gift of Caring Program. This effort allows consumers to donate to U.S. military members by purchasing Girl Scout Cookies and the Girl Scouts -- Diamonds Council bakers, Little Brownie Bakers, will coordinate the shipment of donated cookies to approved military bases.

Those wanting more information on purchasing cookies in the Piggott area may contact Sue Blair at 324-0690. For regional information contact the local Girl Scout office at (800) 632-6894, or visit www.girlscoutsdiamonds.org

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