Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Cookies on Ice

Kaiya, Mia and Nikia from Troop 310 in Chesapeake
helped load Girl Scout Cookies into a truck to donate
to Soldiers' Angels.
Despite the high winds and brisk temperatures, members of Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast gathered on the plaza outside of Norfolk Scope on Saturday, April 9 to donate nearly 19,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to Soldiers’ Angels, an organization that supports members of the military and will be shipping the cookies to troops overseas. Around 5:30 p.m., Girl Scouts lined up between two trucks and formed two assembly lines to pass the cookies into a truck for Soldiers’ Angels.

After the cookie donation, Girl Scouts and their family members filled more than 500 seats inside Scope for the Norfolk Admirals hockey game. This year’s top two cookie sellers, Newport News Girl Scouts Ashleigh and Danielle, dropped the ceremonial first puck of the game. Ashleigh, who has been the top cookie seller in the region for the past seven years, sold 3,000 boxes of cookies this year. Danielle sold 2,600. Zemirah, a member of Troop 310 in Chesapeake, sang the national anthem and Girl Scout Troop 3017, the top cookie selling troop in Hampton Roads, conducted the pre-game flag ceremony.

The cookies donated to Soldiers’ Angels were purchased by local customers this cookie season to donate through Gift of Caring, a national community service project. In addition to the cookies donated on April 9, Girl Scout troops across the region also donated cookies to first responders, shelters, food banks, nursing homes and other members of the community.

This year, local Girl Scouts sold more than 1.4 million boxes of cookies. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the world’s largest girl-led business and the nation’s leading financial literacy and entrepreneurial program for girls. Through the program, girls learn skills that will last them a lifetime, including goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

View more photos from the event here.