To the editor of THE EAGLE:
The Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts want to thank you for supporting girls during the annual Girl Scout cookie program. When a Girl Scout sells you cookies, she is building a lifetime of skills and confidence. But she’s also making an investment in her community. The Girl Scout cookie program is one of the few youth-oriented programs in the country providing its participants the ability to decide how to direct the proceeds generated through their business activity.
Some girls are using their proceeds for travel; big trips abroad and local programs. Some girls use their cookie money for summer camp and many to give back to the community by funding their service projects. Council-wide, most of our Girl Scout troops reinvest a portion of their cookie proceeds in service projects that address specific community needs. Many of the troops collect cookies to donate to the local food pantries or to send to military service personnel overseas.
All proceeds from the sale of Girl Scout cookies remain in the region and benefit girls in the community in which the cookies are sold. The local Girl Scout council uses cookie revenue to supply essential services to troops and individual girls, providing program resources and support, training adult volunteers, and conducting events, maintaining camps and to provide financial assistance to help make girl scouting possible for all girls.
So, if you were lucky enough to be approached by one of the troop members this year, remember your purchase is supporting more than just her smiling face; it supports the way in which that face is directed, towards her future and the betterment of our community. Thank you for supporting the work of the Girl Scouts.
The writer is community relations manager, Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts.