Girl Scouts deliver cookies to Fort Bragg troops
The Fayetteville Observer, N.C.
Boxes of Thin Mints, Trefoils and Do-si-dos tumbled down an assembly line of energetic Girl Scouts on Thursday as they passed them off to 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers.
“Come on, faster!,” one girl yelled, giggling.
Dozens of boxes filled the back of an LMTV that was headed to the 1st Brigade Combat Team – and eventually to its deploying soldiers in Afghanistan.
The North Carolina Coastal Pines Girl Scouts delivered 30,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to Fort Bragg on Thursday, many of which will be sent overseas for deployed troops. Units receiving cookies are the 82nd Airborne Division, 43rd Airlift Group, 18th Airborne Corps and Special Operations Command.
During their annual cookie sale, Girl Scout troops sell additional boxes to be donated to service members.
Over the last 12 years, the Girl Scouts have donated about 900,000 boxes of cookies to the military.
Eleven-year-old Jenna Brogdon, daughter of an 82nd Airborne Division veteran, said sometimes selling the cookies can be challenging, but it’s a fun experience.
She’s part of Troop 1745, a group made up of home-schooled girls. Her troops sold about 1,000 boxes of cookies to donate to soldiers.
“It’s something from home they might not get,” Jenna said.
It seems that many soldiers have Girl Scout cookie stories.
Jenna’s father, J.R. Brogdon, said he remembered snacking on the cookies when he was deployed with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team during his eight years of service.
“It was like Christmas when a big pallet would show up,” he said.
Second Lt. Jeff Collins, of the 1st Brigade Combat Team’s 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, said he also remembers deliveries of the cookies from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“It’s nice,” he said. “It’s a little taste of home. And knowing it’s coming from Girl Scouts, it’s nice they appreciate our efforts.”
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