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Read on to learn more about the cookies we collected for the Troops Last Year.
Last year, my very patriotic daughter, surprised me by asking if our soldiers fighting in other countries had Girl Scouts. Her reaction when I explained that they didn’t was inspiring. “Well, we’re going to have to get them some.” It was very matter of fact, even for a five year old. She was right, and I was right behind her. We opened the offer to the other girls in our troop, to mail out any boxes donated to the soldiers.
It was incredible. Altogether the friends and family of our Daisy Girl Scout Troop 889 donated 68 boxes of cookies to our men and women overseas.
We got them into USPS Flat rate boxes…10 of them..which were also stuffed with pictures, and other goodies.
The hard part, actually, was finding someone to send the cookies to. We didn’t have anyone overseas, and no one we knew did either. After a few weeks of having USPS boxes filled with cookies stacked in our living room, we stumbled across a site, adoptaussoldier.org which connects active duty soldiers on deployment, with people who want to support them.
We were connected with an incredible active duty soldier; a military handler in the US NAVY. I don’t want to share her name without her permission, but we’ll just call her Nicole. Nicole wasn’t allowed to give us any specifics, but she did say she was deployed “near the Afghanistan/Iraq” area, and was partnered with a German Shepard named Qba (sounds like Cuba).
This is Qba. He’s a German Shepart, and trained military handler for the US Navy, deployed in the Afghanistan/Iraq area.
It took some time to iron out the kinks, but after she successfully received our test package, she emailed her thanks. She told us”
“receiving any mail is what we look forward to the most and that goes for everyone deployed here. The poor mail people probably feel swarmed because we all ask everyday if we have anything. It’s like Christmas for us and cheers us up so much, but yes, we are safe and still doing well!”
At our next meeting all the girls in the Daisy Troop wrote letters to our adopted soldiers. We packed one in every box, and sent a special box to Nicole herself. Grace and I couldn’t help ourselves, so we stuffed the boxes full of other necessities too. Shampoo, toothbrushes, and even treats for Qba!
Once we’d gotten all the boxes, addressed, sealed, and into the car–We finally sent them out.
“I have received your packages and they are amazing! I love the pictures that Grace drew! I’m going to hang them on the wall in my room!!!!! I was also able to share the cookies with a number of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines and we are all extremely thankful!”
We’d love to send an extra special thank you to everyone who helped make this possible. Bringing joy to our soldiers is a really important way to boost their morale while they are making the ultimate of sacrifices for our freedom.
We’ve sent a couple more packages to Nicole and Qba over the year, but she’s become busier and busier with the fight for our freedom. We can’t wait to hear about the day she gets to come back home. She and Qba are real superheroes, and it’s been an inspiring journey to even play a tiny part in putting a smile on her face.
This year our local council is joining in, and will be mailing out the donated boxes for the entire area to a different soldier. Although the first 8 boxes donated through us will get mailed out to Nicole, cause we love her.
Please consider donating boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to our troops again this year, or, for the first time. Remember that someone is out there so you don’t have to be.