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Hedgesville Girl Scouts to send cookies to soldiers overseas

January 15, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Girl Scout troop in Hedgesville, W.Va., hopes to enlist the community's support of their goal to send 2,000 boxes of cookies to U.S. soldiers serviced in Iraq and Afghanistan this year.

In 2007, the troop sent more than 1,700 boxes of cookies, more than doubling their total of 800 in 2006, according to Girl Scout Troop #442 leader Chris Hogbin.

"It has meant a great deal to all these young girls to know they are helping the soldiers have a taste of home and that the soldiers know that we pray for their safe return," Hogbin said in a press release.

"Several local soldiers who have received cookies ... have visited the Troop once they returned back home."

Area residents who would like to send cookies to the soldiers via Troop #442 can send a check or money order to Girl Scout Troop #442, PO Box 1022, Hedgesville, WV 25427.

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The troop does not keep any profit on sales of cookies for the soldiers, Hogbin said. Proceeds are used to pay for shipping the cookies and purchase additional boxes of cookies to send. Individuals can make a donation or specify a particular cookie order and all money received is pooled together to send as many cookies as possible, Hogbin said.

All Girl Scout troops in the Shawnee Council are accepting pre-orders through Jan. 22. For more information about the traditional cookie sale, call the Shawnee Council office at 304-263-8833

The cookies are expected to be delivered in the Shawnee Council about March 1.

The Shawnee Council includes more than 5,000 girls in 470 troops/groups in Allegany and Washington counties in Maryland; Clarke, Frederick, Warren, Page and Shenandoah counties in Virginia and Hampshire, Hardy, Grant, Mineral, Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia, according to the organization's Web site.

Seventy percent of the organization's financing comes from the sale of Girl Scout cookies and other products.

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