Operation Cookie Ships A Taste Of Home To Troops

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Girl Scouts of Nassau County (GSNC) announced that, through its partnership with DHL Express, it has sent more than 71,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to U.S. military personnel stationed overseas as part of the 12th annual Operation Cookie Program. To conclude the distribution, the partners recently held an event at the Museum of American Armor in Old Bethpage to mark the final shipment of Girl Scout Cookies for the 2017 season and send the last boxes overseas.

“Since World War I, there has been a rich history of Girl Scouts taking action to bring comfort to those who have served our country. Operation Cookie continues this history of caring for our Armed Forces,” said Donna Ceravolo, executive director and CEO of GSNC. “Operation Cookie would not be possible without the generosity of the people of Nassau County. Their support for this initiative, along with their patriotism and caring, made Operation Cookie a success once again this year.”

Since 2005, Operation Cookie has been made possible by 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 691,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to American servicemen and women overseas in places like Afghanistan, Philippines, Iraq, Djibouti, South Korea, 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.

“Operation Cookie has been a rewarding way for us to work with Girl Scouts of Nassau County and leverage our international shipping expertise to thank soldiers around the world for their service, and ensure they know they are remembered by those back at home by delivering a taste of home. We are so honored to be a part of it,” stated 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 Operation Cookie a success.”

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 and Tagalongs.

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.

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