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To honor those who serve and protect our nation and who come to the aid of those impacted by natural disasters, the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri will donate cookie orders to US military personnel on National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, February 7 and 8, 2014.

On Friday, February 7, from 1 to 4 pm, a Girl Scout Troop will be stationed at a cookie booth in the James S. McDonnell USO, located on the lower level of Terminal 1, across from the M6 baggage carousel at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. 

In addition, to thank first responders for their services, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri will share milk and cookies with police officers, firefighters, EMTs and deputies across the Council during National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend.

“Girl Scouts is very excited that our parent organization, GSUSA, has declared Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8 as National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend,” said Marti Kelly, Director of Product Sales.

“It will give girls the opportunity to celebrate the fun and excitement of the Girl Scout Cookie Program,” said Girl Scouts CEO, Bonnie Barczykowski. “When girls sell cookies, they are doing more than just selling them to friends and neighbors; they are learning skills that will last them a lifetime.”

From now through March 16, Girl Scouts will take additional cookie orders and on February 26, cookie booths will open.

The Milk and Cookies event is a great way to show girls that it is important to give back to those who make eastern Missouri a safe place to live. During the visits, girls will pass out cookies, sing songs, test the first responders’ Girl Scout Cookie trivia knowledge and ask them questions about what they do for a living.

Girls are also encouraged to take action in their communities and participate in Troop to Troop, which gives customers the opportunity to buy “virtual” Girl Scout Cookies for just $4 per box to donate to the USO of Missouri, Inc. This weekend, virtual cookie purchases can be made at cookie booths at selected Dierbergs and Schnucks locations.

“As a Girl Scout of Eastern Missouri and a member of the United States Armed Forces, I can tell you the absolute joy these Girl Scout Cookies bring to the troops,” wrote Kate James Hewlett in a post on the Girl Scouts’ Facebook page. “My very first time in a USO, they handed me an entire box of Girl Scout Cookies. I cannot even describe how happy and special that simple act made me feel, especially as I was heading off to being away from my family for months. The troops love getting these cookies and it is an incredible morale boost and means the world to them. Thank you Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri for your support of the troops and your contribution to their care and morale. It's wonderful what you are doing!”

In 2013, more than 36,000 Girl Scout Cookie boxes went to the USO, thanks to the generosity of Girl Scout customers. 

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led enterprise in the country, engaging girls with five skills they will use throughout their lives-goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. Many successful women leaders tell us that their first entrepreneurial experience came from selling Girl Scout Cookies.

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