‘Operation Cookie Care Package’ gives back to American heroes

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Opelika Observer

Giving back is in the Girl Scout DNA, and during the cookie program that means giving back through Operation Cookie Care Package (OCCP). We all know Girl Scout Cookies are yummy and mouth-watering, and who better to share them with than the men and women who proudly serve our country.
Through the Cookie Program, the girls are taught five basic skills that are essential to leadership, to success, and to life: goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. In addition to the five skills, through Operation Cookie Care Package, girls learn how to give back to those who give so much – our Armed Forces.
OCCP is a program through which customers make donations to Girl Scout Troops to purchase Girl Scout Cookies for our brave military troops. When the Girl Scout Cookie Program ends, Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama will deliver cookies to the designated military organizations, such as the USO and local military branches.
“Operation Cookie Care Package provides a wonderful way for individuals in our community to support Girl Scouts and our brave members of the military,” Karlyn Edmonds, Chief Executive Officer for GSSA said. “OCCP is just a small way of making the world a better place while showing appreciation to our military troops and veterans.”
GSSA needs the community’s help to send over send over 7,000 packages to our armed forces.
Girl Scout Troops can be found at local retail locations every weekend until the program ends. For more information on how to donate to Operation Cookie Care Package, or to locate a troop, please email customercare@girlscoutssa.org or call (800)-239-6636.
About Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama
Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama serves more than 5,000 girls, ages 5-17 and 2,500
adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader) to change the world. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls for more than 100 years. With programming across 30 counties, GSSA offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join call 800-239-6636 or visit www.girlscoutssa.org

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