“Mommy, when I grow up, I want to be a girl scout, so I can sell cookies!!!” my now 9-year-old exclaimed after a few girl scouts sold us some delicious Thin Mints. I knew from that moment on that I had a very smart, outgoing, leadership type gal on my hands.
“Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls not only learn the basics of goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics, they learn the value of giving back to their communities by deciding how to use their cookie profits to ‘do good’ in their local communities,” explains Jeanne Reynolds, interim CEO, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. This is very true. I’ve watched the entrepreneurial spirit grow in my household, as I now have three spirited girl scouts, and one in training.
This weekend is National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, and Girl Scouts will be hosting a booth at Union Station on Friday morning and afternoon, during rush hour.
This time, however, the cookie sales are not for the customers but rather to give a little sweetness to the military troops overseas. Customers can purchase cookies and donate them to the Gift of Caring program. The partnership between the USO and the Girl Scouts of America has been a valuable one. “The Girl Scouts have set an incredible example of giving back to community. For more than a decade, they have provided thousands of cookies and hundreds of volunteer hours to the USO of Illinois in support of service members and their families – not just in the Chicago land area but throughout Illinois and our Midwest region. They help make every USO Center a ‘home away from home’ for our military,” says USO President/CEO Alison Ruble.
Girl Scout troops throughout Chicago and Northwest Indiana are encouraging individuals and businesses to purchase and then donate boxes of Girl Scout cookies to the men and women serving in the military. Customers can purchase cookies for the U.S. military troops at $4 per box. The cookies will be distributed directly to the soldiers. Sending them a sweet ‘taste of home,’ which is much appreciated. From CPT J…
“Thank you for supporting the troops. We have a communal area at the post office where soldiers are able to share the care packages that have been sent. I grabbed some Girl Scout cookies from a care package, and I wanted to ensure that you knew how much we greatly appreciate the support. Thank you for all that you do. When I see all the appreciation/support I can’t help but recall the generations that served before us. Your support has made our Service to our Nation more meaningful. Again, thank you.”
So head over to Union Station this Friday, February 7, uring commuter rush hours (aprox 6:30-8:30am and 4-6:30pm) to purchase cookies for our troops and spread some cheer and sweet reminders of home. And teach your daughter a thing or two, maybe she’ll be the next top sales person or CEO of a company, while always caring about community service and helping those in need. To find cookies in your area click here.