For various reasons, some customers do not want to buy cookies for themselves, or they have only a limited need. With Gift of Caring, they have a chance to give to others while supporting Girl Scouting at the same time.
1. One organization: The troop chooses an organization in their community that they would like to support with packages of donated Girl Scout Cookies (senior centers, women and children shelters, local food pantries, etc.).
2. Hometown Heroes: The troop decides to recognize their own “Hometown Heroes” – women and men working to support their community as firefighters, EMTs, police officers, etc.
3. Operation Cookie: The troop decides to send their donated cookies to our servicewomen and servicemen in military service all over the world.
During Door-to-Door Sales, Walkabouts or Workplace sales:
• Write on your order card the name of the group to receive donated cookies, and ask customers if they would like to purchase a package or two to donate.
If the customer has only purchased cookies for Gift of Caring (GOC), this is the only time where girls will collect money when taking the order, because there will be no delivery. If the same customer has ordered both cookies for Gift of Caring and for themselves, you may collect the payment for all the cookies at the time of delivery. Just make sure to mark their order paid.
Each troop will deliver the Gift of Caring cookies to their chosen organization or to their Hometown Heroes.
NEW! This year Operation Cookies are virtual. You will not receive your GOC cookies as they will be shipped to GSGWM and we will do the rest to get them overseas. Girls can still make cards and letters of support to be sent with the cookies. Just mail or deliver them to our Bedford, NH or Williston, VT Service Centers.
At booth sales:
• Display a sign that informs which group you are supporting.
• Create or use this 9th Cookie Box that informs which group you are supporting.
• Create a drop box where customers can place donated cookies, and watch the donated cookies stacking up!
• Create a tally poster to track the number of donated packages, so customers can see their donations making a difference.
More than 980 cases of Girl Scout Cookies donated to American troops
BEDFORD and PORTSMOUTH, NH – Thanks to donations from cookie customers, veterans’ groups, and Girl Scout troops, Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains loaded 986 cases of Girl Scout Cookies at their Bedford headquarters onto a moving van bound for Pease Air National Guard Base in Portsmouth April 18.
Through the Family Readiness Program at Pease ANGB, cookies will be distributed to military personnel here and abroad.
Since the Persian Gulf War, the New Hampshire Air National Guard’s family support program has made it possible to deliver a “taste of home” to our military forces. The April 18 delivery by Able Moving and Storage of Amherst, NH, which donates its truck, fuel and a crew each year, is about 12,000 individual boxes of Girl Scout Cookies.
Many donors including veterans’ groups and Girl Scouts wrote cards and letters and sent them with the boxes.
This year Girl Scouts in Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, serving New Hampshire and Vermont, sold 1,561,621 packages of Girl Scout Cookies. All of the proceeds support local Girl Scouts. Girls earn Cookie Dough to use for camp or programs, troops earn a portion for their activities, and the rest enables the Council to offer hundreds of programs to girls each year, and day and resident camp opportunities.
Girl Scouts is celebrating 100 years of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains serves 15,600 girls across New Hampshire and Vermont, thanks to 5,300 volunteers.