Girl Scout Cookie Sale exceeds goal
Eleven girls sell over 1,000 boxes, 116 girls to enter Cookie Hall of Fame
NEW ORLEANS (June 7, 2006)
With fewer Girl Scouts to sell cookies and fewer customers here to purchase them as a result of the hurricanes, the Girl Scout Council of Southeast Louisiana was uncertain just how well its annual Cookie Sale would do. Whether it was the determination of the girls in wanting to help to rebuild the two camps damaged by Hurricane Katrina's dangerous winds, the local community's desire for comfort food or the wish to help the Girl Scouts - or a combination of all three, the Girl Scout Council of Southeast Louisiana said its annual sale which concluded in March surpassed its revised goal by 35 percent. The southeast Louisiana Girl Scouts will celebrate the results of the sale and induct its top sellers into its Hall of Fame at a reception on Saturday, June 17, at the Council's Service Center in Jefferson.
"The girls did a tremendous job this year in selling cookies," said Jackie Alexander, Council CEO. "In some areas we had booth sales with customers standing in lines to purchase cookies. I think the public's support of Girl Scouts was so positive because of how we're helping to restore normalcy to the lives of our girls, many who have had a very tumultuous year, to say the least."
A total of 560,244 boxes of cookies were sold this year, with about 600 girls selling at least 200 boxes of cookies. This year's top seller was Cadette Girl Scout Jamie of Metairie who sold 1,714 boxes of cookies. A total of 202 troops participated in the Gift of Caring community service project, in which girls encourage customers to buy cookies for donation to a non-profit organization selected by the troop. Some of the organizations receiving cookies included the Ronald McDonald House, the Covington Food Bank, the Claire House, Ozanam Inn, and Covenant House. Other groups included first responders to Hurricane Katrina and the military serving overseas.
A portion of the Cookie sale proceeds goes to the local Girl Scout troops to fund their troop activities with the remainder helping the Council, especially critical this year with the damage to its camps, and the displacement of many of its members and donors.
Girls also receive individual awards based on their level of participation, such as patches, figurines, T-shirt, cosmic lights, and more.
For more information about Girl Scouting in southeast Louisiana, call the Girl Scout Council at Southeast Louisiana at (504) 733-8220 or (800) 644-7571 or visit its website at www.girlscoutssela.org.Media Contact: Marianne Burdette, Director of Communications
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