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Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri set new record with cookies donated to USO of Missouri


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St. Louis, MO – July 9, 2018 – Eastern Missourians might not see the green packages of Thin Mints® or the bright red of Tagalongs® for another seven months but the results from the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program season will have a very long reach.

Community service plays a huge role in Girl Scouting and is evident in practically every activity G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders)TM undertake—including the iconic Girl Scout Cookie program. This year marked the fifth anniversary of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s Troop to Troop Program, through which customers can purchase packages of Girl Scout Cookies for members of the United States armed services. This program provides military service personnel with a taste of home and is just one avenue Girl Scouts and their charitable customers thank them for their service.

To celebrate this anniversary milestone, eastern Missouri Girl Scouts worked toward breaking the previous year’s record of more than 77,000 packages. At the end of the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program season, Girl Scouts, families, friends and community supporters generously gifted more than 91,000 packages.

“We are proud of our Girl Scouts and appreciate our eastern Missouri community’s continuous support of building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place,” said Bonnie Barczykowski, CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. “We know leadership and community service starts at a young age and by participating in both the Girl Scout Cookie Program and Troop to Troop, these Girl Scouts are realizing their potential as our future changemakers.”

In Lambert International’s Terminal 1, the line for chili cheese hot dogs can snake out the door of the James S. McDonnel USO facility on any given day. But as military personnel and their families are waiting for hot food, they add Girl Scout Cookies to their plates after spotting them in the dessert case. As their doors are never closed and they provide many free services, including the distribution of Girl Scout Cookies, this USO of Missouri facility is popular and serves more than 5,500 military personnel each month.

“We want to thank eastern Missouri Girl Scouts and their customers for their donations to the Troop to Troop program,” said Russ Avery, Executive Director of USO of Missouri. “All of our service men and women are so excited to see us bring Girl Scout cookies to them.”

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led enterprise in the country. Eastern Missouri customers help facilitate amazing adventures for girls through their cookie purchases—adventures like traveling overseas to Europe or funding high adventure opportunities at the organization’s camps. Since 100 percent of the money stays local, customers not only support girls’ success but the success of the eastern Missouri community, too. To learn more, visit girlscoutsem.org.