Girl Scouts get prepared for annual cookie drive

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Girl Scouts are getting customers one step closer to cookies.
Between Saturday and Jan. 9, Scouts will take pre-orders for their annual fundraising cookie sale. Cookies will arrive between Feb. 5 and Feb. 10, and sales will last from Feb. 11 through March 6.
“This goes toward so much that the girls do,” said Jenny Jones, community relations director for Girl Scouts Heart of the South, which includes troops in Northeast Mississippi. “This is our major fundraiser.”
This year, Tupelo Mayor Jack Reed Jr. and Carey Snyder of Snyder & Company will join the Girl Scouts as Honorary Cookie Chairmen.
Reed and Snyder will encourage the girls and promote the cookie sale.
“The Girl Scout Cookie Sale is a perfect example of how important it is to help our youth build goal-setting, money management and people skills,” Reed said.
Snyder credits the Girl Scouts and its annual sale for developing her skills that led to her career in sales and marketing.
Cookies are $3.50 per box, and flavors are the same as last year: Thin Mints, Dulce de Leche, Samoas (formerly Caramel deLites), Trefoils (formerly Shortbread), Tag-a-Longs (formerly Peanut Butter Patties), Do-Si-Dos (formerly Peanut Butter Sandwiches), Lemon Chalet Cremes (formerly Lemonades) and Thank U Berry Much.
For those watching their diets or who want to give a gift, the Scouts offer the Gift of Caring choice. A customer can buy a box of cookies and have it donated to the Scouts’ charity of choice. The Scouts have teamed with Operation Troop Aid to create Troop to Troops, which will send cookies to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, which is another option for the customer.
The Girl Scouts Heart of the South council has a goal of more than 150,000 cases of cookies.
“We really depend on our communities to support the girls,” Jones said.

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