Girl Scout cookies go on sale

Adam Robison/Daily Journal<br /><br />
COOKIE CHARMS – Troup leader Erica Odom helps her girls with cookie charms. Her troup is 20276 from Hatley. The charms were made from different beads and spelled "I love girl scouts" and "I love cookies".The annual Girl Scout cookie sale began Jan. 5 and will continue until March 17. First orders will be in Feb. 20, and booth sales start about Feb. 22.
There are no new cookies this year. Last year cookie names were changed.  Savannah Smile is a lemon cookie; Trefoils are shortbread; Do-Si-Dos are peanut butter sandwich; Samoas are caramel delites; Dulce de Leche, which were new last year are milk caramel chip cookies; Thank U Berry Munch are cranberry; Tagalongs are peanut butter patties; and thin mints.
Cookies are $3.50 per box.
Anyone who would like to help support the Girl Scout cookie sale, but are dieting or can’t eat them can participate in their Troop to Troop program.  After the cookers have been ordered and paid for, they are sent overseas to troops. There is also a Gifts for Caring program that donates cookies to local charities such as food pantries, nursing homes, fire departments and police departments.
According to North Monroe County Service Unit Manager Shannon Griggs, proceeds from the cookie sales help with their service projects. Some of the projects include helping at food pantries, different learning experiences, Girl Scout events, camping and trips.
“We are required to do two service projects each year. In addition to the other service projects, we have made baskets for new mothers, new babies and Christmas gifts for needy children. We are also hoping to be able to buy a microwave for the lodge,” Griggs said.
Each girl scout and troop sets a goal of how many boxes of cookies they intend to sell.

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I've been with the Monroe Journal since Aug. 2009 as a staff writer, but took the role as news editor in late 2012. I'm always looking for interesting story ideas from around Monroe County. You can reach me via email at ray.vandusen@journalinc.com.