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Girl Scouts send cookies to U.S. troops

Kay Vasilakis

“This is my sixth year selling Girl Scout Cookies,” said Alida Eide, a Cadette Girl Scout of Troop #285 from Glenwood Springs. Alida is 12 and her mom, Nancy, is the troop leader. “I know that it is a hard job for the soldiers, and any time they receive something to show we care, it can make their day. I hope that all the soldiers know that we are thinking and praying for them.”

For the past two years, Cadette Troop 285 has chosen the “Homefront Heroes” as the group to receive the cookies sold as part of the “Gift of Caring,” a program in which Girl Scouts encourage the public to donate boxes of cookies to a nonprofit organization. This year the troop sold 228 boxes that will be sent to the U.S. troops in Iraq.

In all, Glenwood Springs troops have sold about 280 boxes of cookies that are being sent to Homefront Heroes. The Girl Scout troops who participated were Cadette Troop 285, Junior Troop 278 and Brownie Troop 284.

Troops gather the cookies and send them to the Chipeta Girl Scout Council in Grand Junction. The Homefront Heroes organization picks them up weekly, and they are shipped out throughout April, May and June until the donated cookies are no longer dropped off. Homefront Heroes understand and have full compliance with military shipping regulations and requirements.

Sometimes the public and the girls send notes with their donations. This is optional. The soldiers always appreciate notes and letters, and most of the time, they do send return letters to Homefront Heroes thanking them for the taste of home and letting them know someone cares.

The Girl Scouts Chipeta Council will offer some exciting new programs this summer. Interested girls can log on to the Web site ( for more information, or call the office at (800) 288-0463 or (970) 242-4461. Overall themes for the programs are daughter/father events, baby-sitter certification trainings, cooking classes for kids, rock climbing, horseback riding camps and programs and rafting events. A program at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo will provide the opportunity for girls to sleep over at the zoo.

Science-focused events focusing on the fun of technology and engineering with hands-on activities will also be available this summer, as well as a CSI-focused program entitled “GSI,” for Girl Scout Investigators, in which girls learn about the science behind a crime scene.

All of the programs are age appropriate and require girls who are interested in participating to become a registered Girl Scout.

Troops are forming in the Glenwood Springs area, or an existing troop can be found for interested girls. What a great opportunity for our local girls!

Kay Vasilakis’ “Nonprofit Spotlight” appears every other Wednesday. Kay is the media coordinator for the Garfield County Human Services Commission. She can be reached at 945-8515, ext. 513, or by e-mail at

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