Cookie Share Program Benefits Soldiers, Charities

CookieShareLogoCookie Share Program Benefits Soldiers, Charities
Kansans’ donations ensure sweet surprises for soldiers 

WICHITA – Kansans can help local charities or share a sweet surprise from home with a soldier simply by purchasing a package of Girl Scout Cookies through Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland’s Cookie Share Program.

Girl Scout Cookie Sale customers who participate in the Cookie Share Program are making a donation of cookies to military members and their families, local food pantries, and charities. Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland has distributed more than 78,800 packages of cookies through the Cookie Share Program since the program’s inception in 2010, with more than half going to military members, including those serving overseas. More than 16,300 packages of Girl Scout Cookies were distributed through the program in 2014.

Girl Scouts delivered Girl Scout Cookies in 2014 to the National Guard Armory in Norton, Kansas, one of the beneficiaries of Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland’s Cookie Share Program.

Girl Scouts delivered Girl Scout Cookies in 2014 to the National Guard Armory in Norton, Kansas, one of the beneficiaries of Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland’s Cookie Share Program.

“While I was deployed, we received three huge boxes filled with Girl Scout Cookies, and the looks on the soldiers’ faces reminded me of children on Christmas morning seeing all the presents,” said Jessica Lemons, a Garden City resident and Navy Reservist who served in Kandahar, Afghanistan. “We all ran to tear open the box and get our favorites.”

“It was the perfect slice of home for us,” Lemons said of Girl Scout Cookies. “I also remember reading the letters from the Girl Scout troops and them thanking us, when in reality, we wanted to send them big thank-yous for thinking of us and bringing a piece of home to Afghanistan.”

Agencies across the state benefit from Cookie Shares, including the Kansas National Guard, McConnell Air Force Base, Catholic Charities, and the Kansas Food Bank, which assists residents in the 80 Kansas counties served by Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland.

The 2015 Girl Scout Cookie Sale ends March 8, so Kansans still have time to support Girl Scouts, the military and local charities through the Cookie Share Program. Cookies purchased through the Cookie Share Program are $4 per package, and they are also tax-deductible. Businesses and organizations can help by participating in the Cookie Share matching program, and matching the kindness of Kansans.

Girl Scout Cookie Sale proceeds benefit local girls, helping them pay for camp, uniforms, activities with their Girl Scout troop, and community service projects across the state. Community members can call the Cookie Hotline at 888-686-MINT (6468) to connect with Girl Scouts in their neighborhoods to buy cookies. Find the nearest Cookie Booth by downloading the free Girl Scout Cookie Finder mobile app, or just enter your zip code at girlscoutcookies.org.