Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois Celebrates Gifts of Caring to Veterans and Top Cookie Bosses

May 31, 2019

Glen Carbon, Illinois – This year Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSofSI) donated over 20,000 boxes of cookies to Gifts of Caring and our US Veterans. GSofSI’s Gift of Caring program, called Operation: Sweet Treats, allowed customers to purchase and donate cookies that will be sent to military members serving overseas as well as to local military organizations in Southern Illinois. In addition, Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois recently wrapped up its annual Girl Scout Cookie Program. The cookie program was a tremendous success with over 6,304 girls selling more than 900,452 boxes of delicious Girl Scout Cookies.
Everybody knows that Girl Scout Cookies are one-of-a-kind, delicious treats, but not everybody knows that the experience of selling them is about so much more than just what’s in the box. The Girl Scout Cookie Program helps girls gain five valuable skills – goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics – that will benefit them throughout life. In addition, proceeds from the cookie program help Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois recruit and train adult volunteers, provide financial assistance so Girl Scouting is available to all girls, improve and maintain camp properties, and develop and deliver extensive program activities for girls. 2019 Girl Cookie Bosses are:

  1. Elise Thomlinson with Troop 302 in Collinsville. \
  2. . Saydee Meadows with Troop 8131 in Perry County.
  3. Abigail Fields with Troop 8225 in Jackson County. Troop Cookie Entrepreneurs:
  4. Troop 8225 in Jackson County 2. Troop 8653 in Jefferson County 3. Troop 834 in Alton_Godfrey_Woodriver_Roxana Most cookies sold in these areas by our Service Unit Cookie Bosses:
  5. SU 201- OFallon_Shiloh 2. SU 207- Belleville- Swansea 3. SU 101- Alton_Godfrey_Woodriver_Roxana
    “This year’s Girl Scout Cookie Program was a huge success! I’d like to thank all of our girls, their parents and the fantastic volunteers who contributed to the success of the cookie program,” said Kristen Gibbs, Director of Product Program for GSofSI. “The dedication and commitment of all those involved allow us to provide girls throughout Southern Illinois with a great Girl Scout Leadership Experience.”
    Girl Scouts and cookies share a rich history. Many successful businesswomen today say that got their start selling Girl Scout Cookies. While recipes and box designs have changed over the years, selling 800.345.6858
    cookies remains an important part of today’s Girl Scout program. The activity of selling cookies is directly related to the Girl Scouts’ purpose of helping all girls reach their full potential and helping them become strong, confident and resourceful citizens. All cookie proceeds stay right here in Southern Illinois.
    Girl Scouting has inspired more than 50 million girls and women since its founding in 1912. Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSofSI) is a high-capacity Girl Scout council serving approximately 10,007 girls and engaging 3,686 adult volunteers in 40 1⁄2 counties in Southern Illinois. GSofSI Mission: Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. The Girl Scouts organization is the world’s largest leadership development organization for girls. In partnership with committed adults, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives – such as strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth. Today’s Girl Scouts not only enjoy camping and crafts; they also explore math and science and learn about diversity, good citizenship, leadership and teamwork. Girl Scouting is the place where girls experience the fun, friendship and power of girls together. Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois is a not-for-profit organization supported by various United Ways throughout the region. Girl Scouts is a Proud Partner of United Way.
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