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Spectrum - March 25, 2011

Guest Opinion: Girl Scouts learn about the joy of giving at the VA Hospital

by Carrie Manley

This past Saturday, in the cold rain and gusty wind, four girls from my daughter's Girl Scout Troop set up shop in front of Peet's Coffee at the Town and Country shopping center. Their shared one-hour mission: to sell Thin Mints, Trefoil Shortbreads and other brightly colored boxes of Girl Scout cookies to anyone willing to stop and hear their pitch in the blasting storm.

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Posted by Anne Knight
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Mar 26, 2011 at 9:12 am

I usually just glance at PAWeekly contents, but, perhaps because I had once sold Girl Scout cookies, I stopped at this article, then read it through.

What a great story and good idea to give people a chance to do something nice for hospitalized veterans! Even though the cookies are delicious, most of us don't need more cookies in our lives; in fact, our lives will be enriched by thinking of others.

I think that Carrie Manley's suggestion merits sharing with other troops. In addition to donations to VA vets, perhaps passersby might also donate to shut-ins at local
assissted living homes in same way, PA Commons, Lytton Gardens, Bridgepoint, etc.
Girl Scouts could visit these facilities, explain to residents that they are being treated by community members to free cookies, and residents could then take their pick.
It would be a treat for many shut-in elderly simply to see young faces.

Anne Knight
former Girl Scout cookie vendor