A down year for Girl Scout cookie sales

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Armed with bright signs and the promise of cookies, Katherine Tackitt took her place near Main Street on Thursday afternoon, hoping sweet-toothed drivers would stop and take some Girl Scout cookies off her hands.
After all, she has 4,000 boxes to sell.
“That’s my personal goal,” the 14-year-old said. “I sold 3,678 boxes last year, so I’ve gotta go over that.”
The money she raised helped fund her and her fellow Girl Scouts’ trip to Savannah, Ga., the hometown of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts.
Sales from this year’s batch of cookies will pay for a trip to Disney World in 2012, a celebration trip in honor of the Girl Scouts of the USA’s 100th anniversary.
But, so far, area cookie lovers are resisting the call to, as one of Tackitt’s signs reads, “Help us reach our goal.”
Cookie sales for Northeast Mississippi are down this year by about 120,000 boxes, said Jenny Jones, community relations director for Girl Scouts Heart of the South, which covers Northeast Mississippi, west Tennessee and one county in Arkansas.
Some areas of Heart of the South are seeing an increase in sales, but Northeast Mississippi is trailing.
“We don’t know why it’s dropped so much,” she said. “We’re asking for the community to come out and support the girls, and buy that extra box to help our girls.”
Girl Scouts use the proceeds for trips such as the ones to Savannah and to Disney, but they also use the money to go to camp and for service projects to give back to the community.
Jones suggested that if folks don’t care for the calories but want to support the Girl Scouts, they can be a part of the “Gift of Caring” program. They can buy a box of cookies, which the Girl Scouts will then donate to a charity of their choice.
Girl Scouts will be selling cookies this weekend and next.
Tackitt said so far sales had been “awesome” and “steady.” She said she hasn’t tallied exactly how many boxes she’s sold so far.
“I’ll wait ’til the end to count,” she said.

Contact Sheena Barnett at (662) 678-1580 or sheena.barnett@djournal.com.