Give to the Girl Scouts!

Here’s one way that you can give back and eat at the same time!  Make an effort this month go out out and find a local girl scout and buy her cookies! 

USA Today ran a story recently (see below) about how girl scouts are seeing a decline in their cookie sales due to the economy.  I think it’s easy for people to forget that all the money they contribute to the Girl Scouts by buying cookies go to troops for trips, community projects, and scholarships.  The girls need everyone’s help in order to expand their reach in the community.

I am a former girl scout and as I get older and look back, I am very proud to have been involved in an organization whose sole purpose is to strengthen the women of tomorrow.  It’s a program that teaches our girls self esteem, self empowerment, and self relience.  It’s kind of like kicking off feminism early and that is definitely something I, and hopefully you, can get behind.  Too many youg girls today don’t have the resources or don’t utilize the resources that gives them the knowledge and personal strength that the Girl Scouts give.  Please help them!

Visit www.girlscoutcookies.org to get more information about where to find Girl Scout cookies in your area!

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Sales are a little thin for mint and other Girl Scout cookies so far this year.

National numbers are not yet in, but regional Girl Scout councils nationwide are seeing the impact of the down economy, as well as bad winter weather, in declines as large as 19% in pre-order sales, which took place January through early February.

 Pre-order sales— mostly door-to-door and workplace — make up around 70% of cookie sales, council leaders say. Councils are hopeful they will make up for the drop-off with sales at shopping center booths through early spring, says Michelle Tompkins, spokeswoman for the Girl Scouts of the USA.

Among the councils reporting declines:

• Eastern South Carolina Council, near Charleston, shows pre-sales down 19% from 868,386 boxes in 2008 to about 700,000 boxes so far this year, says product sales manager Keisha Frost.

• Northeast Ohio Council, near Cleveland, reports pre-sales down about 16%, from 2.5 million to 2.1 million boxes, says Marianne Love, director of business services.

• Nation’s Capital Council, in Northern Virginia, Washington and parts of Maryland, sees 5% fewer pre-sales, down to 3.7 million boxes, says public relations and marketing director Nancy Wood.

• Frontier Council in Las Vegas sales are down 1.3% from 612,792 to 604,524 boxes, says development director Emily Smith.

About two-thirds of the 133 Girl Scout councils nationwide sell cookies from January through March, Tompkins says. The rest sell in the fall. Most proceeds, she says, go to troops and councils to pay for trips, community projects and scholarships.

Love said some leaders are reporting longtime customers purchasing in smaller quantities.

“If a customer was purchasing six to eight boxes, now they’re purchasing three to four,” she says.

Sales aren’t down everywhere. Natalie Martin, director for marketing and communication at the Northeast Texas Council, near Dallas, says that council has seen a 2% increase in pre-sales this year. For the first time in 10 years, headquarters reduced each box size by about one ounce this year because of increased ingredient and transportation costs, says Denise Pesich, vice president of communications for Girl Scouts of the USA. The $3.50 average cost per box has been the same for the past five years, Tompkins says.

Tompkins adds the Girl Scouts haven’t dealt with salmonella-contaminated peanut products because neither of their baking companies, Little Brownie Bakers and ABC Interbake, buys from the peanut plants involved.

Pesich is optimistic booth sales will be strong.

“We’re hopeful right now. The country, when in situations like this, goes back to what’s nostalgic and gives them pleasure,” Pesich says.

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One Response to “Give to the Girl Scouts!”

  1. Michelle Says:

    Thank you so much for reaching out to your audience by talking about how important the cookie sale is. I work for Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council in SoCal and we have so many girls asking for financial assistance…but we can’t help them!!!! They aren’t earning as much Cookie Dough (money) to help pay for programming and the Council can’y provide that support either. We really need the public to support their local Girl Scouts.

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