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Girl Scouts donates cookies to Coast Guard aiding in Galveston Bay oil spill cleanup
HOUSTON (April 16, 2014) – Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the U.S., donated more than 1,000 Girl Scout cookie packages as part of its Cookie Share Program to members of the U.S. Coast Guard conducting a massive cleanup effort on the Texas Gulf Coast.
“Each year during the initial order taking process, customers can opt-in to the Virtual Cookie Share Program by electing to donate their purchases to organizations that support the military,” said D’Anne Hawk, GSSJC product sales director. “We are grateful for our servicemen and women and are honored to provide them with some of the comforts of home.”
In addition to the donation of cookies to member of the military via the Virtual Cookie Share, the traditional Cookie Share option gives troops the opportunity to donate cookies to a nonprofit of its choice. Many troops donate these cookies to their local police and fire stations, homeless shelters or military personnel serving overseas.
“Members of the U.S. Coast Guard who are working around the clock to clean up areas affected by the oil spill are also working to restore the beautiful habitats and coast line that many GSSJC Girl Scouts and volunteers enjoy when they visit Galveston Bay, so we wanted to show our appreciation,” said Hawk.
During the 2013-2014 Girl Scout Cookie Program, GSSJC donated more than 60,000 packages to organizations that support the military.
Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.2 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 62,000 girls served and nearly 19,000 adult members in 26 southeast Texas counties.
Photo and caption [CoastGuardCookies]: Members of the U.S. Coast Guard who are coordinating a massive cleanup effort on the Texas Gulf Coast receive cases of cookies donated by Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council as part of its Cookie Share Program, a program that gives customers the option to donate their purchases to charities that support the military.Photo and caption [CoastGuardZoe]: Commander Kevin Lynn and Lieutenant Michael Starnes receive a Girl Scout cookie donation from San Jacinto Council Girl Scout Zoe Overton of Troop #26996. The southeast Texas council donated more than 1,000 Girl Scout cookie packages as part of its Cookie Share Program to members of the U.S. Coast Guard conducting a massive cleanup effort on the Texas Gulf Coast.