NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Girl Scouts in north Texas are collecting donations to send thousands of cookies to sailors on board USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Their goal is to get 5,000 boxes donated by the end of February. Right now, they’ve collected 1,050, according to Cookies4USSIke founder Melissa Shaeffer.
“It’s a very small token of our thanks for what they do to protect us and keep us safe. It teaches our girls how important it is to give and how it feels to give,” she said.
Shaeffer got the idea to send the cookies to the Ike, where her best friend’s son serves, after doing a similar fundraiser last year for USS Stennis. Her nephew served on board.
“I would love to keep doing it every year,” she said.
Shaeffer says three parents and 26 scouts from three different troops are working together to promote the fundraiser.
“They’ve seen progress step-by-step from leaving here to the supply ship to the sailors, who are kind enough to send pictures of it arriving and of them holding the cookies,” she said. “It’s a light bulb moment for them to see the impact they had. It resonates. You see the light bulb go off. It’s incredible. Hopefully, it teaches them to keep giving for a lifetime.”
But for now, they’ll be able to give back until the end of February, when the fundraiser ends. Schaeffer is hopeful they’ll reach their goal not just this year but for years to come.
“Hopefully with social media and this being recognized, we will be able to keep doing this and get more Girl Scout troops involved. It’s so good for everyone. It’s such a small thing for these sailors but it reminds them of home and they need that,” she said.
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Local Girl Scouts from the Colonial Coast Council kicked off their annual cookie season on January 4, when girls began going door-to-door taking cookie orders. In just a few days, thousands of boxes of Girl Scout Cookies will arrive in Hampton Roads to help fill customer orders. More than 800,000 boxes, to be exact, with 200,000 of those boxes being the number one seller, Thin Mints. Cookies will arrive on February 15 at three locations for Girl Scout troop pick up. In assembly style, cookies will be sorted and packed into waiting cars, trucks and vans. Sailors from the USS John C. Stennis will be among the volunteers helping at one of the locations.
Through the Gift of Caring program, customers may also purchase cookies and have them donated to the charity of choice by the council, the USO, or to other charities selected by Girl Scout troops. Thanks to the USO, these Gift of Caring cookies, sweet messages of thanks, find their way to military men and women overseas and here at home. Last year, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast donated more than 32,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies through Gift of Caring.
Learn more about the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast at this link.