Girl Scouts of Nassau County (GSNC) announced that through its partnership with DHL Express, it has sent more than 75,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to U.S. military personnel stationed overseas as part of the 13th annual Operation Cookie Program. The partners recently held an event at the Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s Service Center in Garden City to prepare boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to be shipped overseas.
“We were thrilled to celebrate our record year, with over 75,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies donated to our girls through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, making this our largest Operation Cookie event to date. It was really a wonderful opportunity to show our girls what a difference they can make together, while also helping them learn the importance of giving back and helping others,” said Rande Bynum, CEO of GSNC. “We thank the people of Nassau County who have helped us and donated to make Operation Cookie possible, and our partner DHL.”
Since 2005, Operation Cookie has been made possible with the help of members of the community who purchase extra boxes and cases of Girl Scout Cookies. Through their ongoing partnership, GSNC and DHL have shipped more than 771,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to American servicemen and women overseas in places like Afghanistan, Kuwait, Bahrain and Japan. Deliveries are also made to military bases across the U.S., including many local units in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Deliveries also go to those who serve locally, such as the men and women of the Coast Guard stationed at Jones Beach, the U.S. Marines base in Garden City and the Midshipmen at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
“We were honored to be helping our local Girl Scout organization while also helping bring a sense of home to soldiers around the world as a thank you for their time and sacrifices,” said Joe Lotz, JFK Gateway Director at DHL Express. “As an organization that is dedicated to supporting our military personnel, we always look forward to partnering with Girl Scouts of Nassau County to make our annual Operation Cookie event a success. This program has given us the opportunity to give in so many ways and we’ve enjoyed watching the number of boxes being donated grow each year.”
Men and women in the U.S. military will soon be enjoying the final installment of their favorite Girl Scout Cookies such as Thin Mints, Savannah Smiles, Do-Si-Dos, Samoas, Trefoils, Tagalongs and S’Mores.
The Girl Scout Cookie Program and Operation Cookie teaches Girl Scouts about goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skill and business ethics—aspects essential to leadership, success and life. Individuals can donate toward Operation Cookie year-round by visiting www.gsnc.org and selecting their donation to go toward Operation Cookie for the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie season.