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Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri will celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend 2017 by conducting “Acts of Cookie Kindness”

St. Louis, MO – February 21, 2017 – Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri will join other Girl Scout councils across the country February 24 to 26 to participate in National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend 2017, celebrating all the fun, learning and excitement Girl Scouts have experienced selling cookies for 100 years. During National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend girls from across eastern Missouri will be conducting a series of community service projects including bringing smiles and laughter to dozens of hospitalized children along with their visiting families at three St. Louis-area hospitals.

Community service is an integral part of Girl Scouting. It is woven into practically every activity girls undertake, including the Girl Scout Cookie Program. During Girl Scout Cookie season, each amazing young #cookieboss is not only selling delicious cookies, she’s also building essential life skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics—the “5 Skills” of the cookie program. And the more cookies girls sell, the more earnings they have to invest in community projects that drive positive change and personal enrichment experiences.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is kicking off National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend on Friday, February 24 by hosting a Milk and Cookies party, from 3:30-5pm, at the USO of Missouri at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. There, they will hand out Girl Scout Cookies and milk to service members visiting the USO, thanking them for their service. On Saturday, February 25, from 9-11am, more than 40 Girl Scouts will gather at the Girl Scout Service Center on Ball Drive to make cards and cookie care packages. Girls will create hundreds of cards to be delivered to families of children hospitalized this weekend. The weekend concludes on Sunday, February 26 with Girl Scouts delivering care packages to families of young patients staying at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, 10 am, Shriners Hospital for Children, 10:45 am and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, 1-2:30pm. Girl Scouts will deliver cookies to the family areas for parents to enjoy while a child is staying there. Many times, parents and siblings are overlooked when a child is hospitalized. This is a way to let them know that Girl Scouts are thinking of them by providing a sweet treat.

“The Girl Scout Cookie Program is an important legacy program,” said Bonnie Barczykowski, CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. “It teaches girls integral business skills and instills a lifelong sense of civic responsibility that creates leaders. At Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, so many amazing girls within our ranks are doing positive, impactful things with their cookie earnings. Girls are participating in outstanding community service projects, taking fun, educational field trips and participating in programs with focuses in STEM, money management and health.”

One hundred percent of all proceeds raised through Girl Scout Cookie Program stays local, benefiting girls and their troops. As a result, customers who purchase Girl Scout Cookies are not only getting a delicious treat—they’re making an important investment in their communities and powering thousands of fun and impactful experiences and activities for more than 44,000 girls in eastern Missouri.

“National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend is one of the most significant occasions on the Girl Scout calendar,” stated Sylvia Acevedo, interim CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. “As an organization, it represents an invaluable opportunity to speak with one unified voice to tell the story of how the Girl Scout Cookie Program effectively prepares the next generation of female leaders. Beyond benefiting girls, earnings generated from the cookie program have a meaningful impact on their respective communities, giving girls the means to take action to address important issues. For a century, selling cookies has been one of the most powerful and successful tools in transforming girls into leaders who effect positive change within their communities.”