St. Louis, MO – March 21, 2019 – For three months, eastern Missourians had access to Thin Mints®, Samoas® and Tagalongs® but this past Sunday, the Girl Scout Cookie Program ended. For two Girl Scout troops, a special visitor helped these G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders) TM mark the conclusion of this extremely cold and blustery Cookie Program season.
Maverick, a two-year old Blue Great Dane and the USO of Missouri’s therapy dog, traveled more than 150 miles from Ft. Leonard Wood to visit local area Girl Scouts who support the nation’s brave service members through the organization’s “Troop to Troop” initiative. During his time in St. Louis, Maverick stopped at two Girl Scout cookie booths and met the girls of Troop 1037 and Troop 1595. Ainsley, a six-year-old Girl Scout and a member of Troop 1037, was at first timid around the huge dog but quickly gained confidence, asking how Maverick helps soldiers.
Maverick’s owner, Kelly Brownfield, USO of Missouri’s Western Missouri Regional Operations Director, said this still growing, 100-pound dog provides comfort to men, women and children across the nation. Maverick travels to Arlington National Cemetery standing beside children who are burying a loved one; other times he supports individuals being fitted for a prosthetic at a local hospital and he also sits patiently next to children as they sound out words and build their reading skills. Although Maverick’s schedule is busy, Brownfield, a Girl Scout alum and Gold Award Girl Scout, said it was important to her and the USO of Missouri to thank the girls giving back to the nation’s brave men and women.
“I see the impact the ‘Troop to Troop’ cookies have on our soldiers each and every day,” Brownfield said. “When they take cookies, they always ask if they can have them and when they learn they’re donated from Girl Scouts, they smile big. Coming out and helping our Girl Scouts get more cookies for our troops is the least we can do.”
For the past six years, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri has partnered with the USO of Missouri in the community service initiative called “Troop to Troop.” Through this program, charitable customers can donate $4 to provide one package of cookies to members of the United States armed services. Last year, more than 91,000 packages of Girl Scout Cookies were gifted to the USO of Missouri. This year, local area Girl Scouts, with the help of community support, are hopeful to donate 100,000 cookie packages ensuring the country’s military heroes have an iconic taste of home.