Knoxville, TN (January 7, 2014): Make an exception to your New Year’s resolutions for the annual Girl Scouts cookie sale. On January 10, Thin Mints, Samoas, and six other mouth-watering cookies are back, as the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians launches its annual cookie program.
Girls in 46 counties throughout East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia and Northwest Georgia will begin taking orders January 10. For more information on the sale, go to IWantCookies.org. Through this site, customers can learn more about how to get cookies and will also have information on booth locations once they begin in February.
Troops have spent months preparing for the sale, and every penny earned stays within the council area. Girls use their profits to fund educational activities, trips, community service projects, and more. The council’s proceeds provide essential services to girls and volunteers. But the council wants cookie buyers to know that their purchase helps accomplish so much more. The girls benefit through the learning of five very key life skills through the sale: goal setting, decision making, money management, business ethics, and the art of communicating with people.
“Girl Scout Cookies are a special treat that people of all ages look forward to each year but there’s just so much more than that,” said council CEO Booth Kammann. “Every box of cookies a girl sells is an investment in her future and that’s the real takeaway from the sale. The girls are learning critical skills that they will take with them as the endeavor into life.”
All booth sales in front of local businesses are February 28 through March 23. Booth sale cookie varieties will be limited to the council’s “Top 6” best sellers, and this year, boxes will be $4.00 per. New this year, girls are giving customers the opportunity to support Girl Scouting and the U. S. military through Operation: APPRECIATION. Girls are on a mission to sell 20,000 boxes of cookies to donate directly to the armed forces in appreciation for their service. “This is a wonderful opportunity for people who may not want to eat cookies to support both our girls and our service men and women,” said Kammann.
Girl Scouts will take pre-orders January 10 through February 10. For more information, visit girlscoutcsa.org or call 1-800-474-1912.
About the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians
The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians’ mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The council serves more than 15,000 girl and adult members in 46 counties stretching from Southwest Virginia, through East Tennessee, and into Northwest Georgia. In 2013, GSCSA’s girls and troops earned over $1 million for troop use and projects within its communities via the Girl Scout Cookie Program.