Temptation is lurking: Girl Scouts begin annual cookie drive
By Naomi Prioleau firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan. 10, 2013 at 10 p.m.
Cookie season has begun for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas.
The annual cookie program starts today and goes through the end of March with proceeds going toward supporting service projects, educational field trips and any other leadership activities.
Team leader for area three and five for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, Tanya Cooper, was a Girl Scout growing up and has been working for the organization for the past 24 years. Ms. Cooper said the cookie program helps girls in more ways than one.
" It's just amazing what this little workforce can do," she said. "It's like a girl running her own small business. It teaches economic literacy, business skills, and improves her knowledge. Cookie sales bring girls out of their shells."
Troops make 55 cents a box off of each box sold. Last year for the service unit area of Jefferson, Marshall, Elysian Fields, Waskom, Hallsville and Carthage, more than 55,000 boxes of cookies were sold.
"It doesn't take long for those cents to add up to dollars," Ms. Cooper said."It's really something to see."
For those who can't eat cookies due to diet restrictions, Ms. Cooper suggests buying a box and sending them overseas to military troops as part of their Project Troop to Troop program.
"The cookies are shipped directly from our bakery in Kentucky to Afghanistan and Iraq," she said.
Goals for the cookie program vary on each girl and each troop. Some may choose to go to Savannah, Ga. the birthplace of the Girl Scouts program, while others may choose to become certified Red Cross babysitters. Whatever they choose to do, Ms. Cooper said the program is valuable to them in the long run.
"I've seen little girls with their wagons go on to make wonderful career choices," she said. "We change girls' lives one life at a time."
To locate a troop in Harrison County to purchase a box of cookies, call 1-800-441-5443.