Girl Scouts prepare for cookie season
It’s that time of year again, when Girl Scouts across America begin their biggest fundraiser of the year selling beloved cookie flavors that can only be found for a short time. Here in Sonoma, sales will launch on Sunday, Feb. 10, with new drive-up options available this year.
At $4 a box, there are eight delectable cookies to choose from: Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Dulce de Leche, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, Thank U Berry Munch and the return of Savannah Smiles. All of the cookie varieties have no trans fat or high fructose corn syrup, seven varieties have no artificial colors, and five varieties contain no hydrogenated oils.
New this year, the scouts will have a drive-thru booth for cookie sales. Booths can be found at Lucky’s, Safeway, Sonoma Market, Glen Ellen Village Market, Wells Fargo Bank, Westamerica Bank, Chase Bank, Staples and Friedman’s Home Improvement. On Saturdays and Sundays, find them at the old Sonoma Auto Center on the corner of Broadway and MacArthur and on Feb. 23 at Sonoma Chevrolet.
“There’s more to Girl Scout cookies than what’s in the box,” said Jessa Rank, service unit director for Sonoma Valley. “When a girl sells cookies, she’s creating a plan, interacting with customers and working as part of a team. She’s building a lifetime of skills and confidence.”
Proceeds from these once-a-year treats inspire girls of all ages to give back to their community. Girls in Sonoma are especially active in using their proceeds to fund community service projects such as:
• Cadette Troop 10032 created more than 100 cards that were sent in American Legion care packages to soldiers in Afghanistan.
• Junior Troop 10141 sponsored a goat for a family through the organization Heifer International
• Junior Troop 10223 donated $100 to FISH.
• Daisy Troop 10130 created art kits for children at the Valley of the Moon Children’s Center.
• Daisy Troop 10882 made a donation of $200 worth of food for the dogs plus $75 in toys for the cats to Pets Lifeline in Sonoma.
• Junior Troop 10240 donated 10 percent of their cookie profits to Pets Lifeline.
To learn more, visit GirlScoutsNorCal.org.