Glenwood Springs High School sophomore sends Army 1,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Local teen Alida Eide is at it again, doing her small part to show respect and gratitude for the nation’s military men and women.
The 16-year-old sophomore at Glenwood Springs High School and longtime Girl Scout delivered 1,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to Fort Carson in Colorado Springs last Monday, along with her parents, Dick and Nancy Eide, and Operation Vacation founder Bob Johnson.
The cookies will help make life overseas a little more like home for the members of the 43rd Brigade, which is being deployed to Afghanistan on Monday. Last year, she delivered 500 boxes of cookies for the troops.
In honor of her thoughtfulness, Eide was presented with a special Brigade medal for excellence by Col. Edward Daly. The medal lists the Brigade’s name, the “Rough Riders,” and the various operations around the world for which it has been deployed.
Eide is no stranger to doing good for the troops. When she was in eighth grade, she and classmate Dara Chase raised money for Operation Vacation, which provides military families with an all-expenses-paid weekend vacation to Glenwood Springs.
To make it interesting, the pair took each $1 bill they collected and folded them into a chain, reaching their goal to extend the chain the length of a football field – $6,000 worth.
For her Girl Scout Cookie project, Eide collected donations from friends and family, door-to-door and from the local Rotary Club, as well as through booth sales, to come up with the $3,250 needed to purchase the 1,000 boxes.
“Basically, it was the community that purchased the cookies, and we just delivered them,” she said. “It’s just another way to give back to the troops for all they do.”
They had so many boxes of cookies, in fact, that some had to be put on the roof of the GMC Yukon, donated by Berthod Motors, for the drive to Colorado Springs. When they arrived and opened the back hatch, several boxes fell out onto the ground.
Oh well, they taste pretty good just the same.
Originally, she and her parents were supposed to attend a casing ceremony for the 43rd Brigade, during which the troop members pack an American flag in a special fabric case to take with them during their tour. However, the ceremony was postponed until later in the week.
Eide is also a past nominee for a Garfield County Humanitarian youth award. This summer, she will go to Denmark as a Rotary Youth Exchange student, where she will stay through next school year.
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