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Girl Scouts, service members and volunteers help form an assembly line to unload a truck full of Girl Scout Cookies being donated to Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, April 9, 2012. Roughly 2,000 cases of cookies were donated to Atterbury by Girl Scouts of Central Indiana as part of Operation Cookie Drop, a nationwide Girl Scouts of America program that donates cookies to service members around the world. Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Scotten
Girl Scouts, service members and volunteers help form an assembly line to unload a truck full of Girl Scout Cookies being donated to Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, April 9, 2012. Roughly 2,000 cases of cookies were donated to Atterbury by Girl Scouts of Central Indiana as part of Operation Cookie Drop, a nationwide Girl Scouts of America program that donates cookies to service members around the world. Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Scotten
 EDINBURGH, Ind. (4/10/2012) – Eleven girls from Girl Scouts of Central Indiana came to Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, April 9, spreading joy in the form of over 2,000 cases of Girl Scout Cookies to be distributed to soldiers on the installation.

According to Mandy Curry, product sales manager for Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, the cookies were provided by Indiana residents who opted to pay extra for cookies to be donated to service members.

“When the girls sell the cookies, they always ask customers if they would like to donate money for cookies to be donated to troops,” said Curry. “This year our customers have donated about 6,200 cases of cookies to the military.”

The donation was part of a nationwide Girl Scouts campaign called Operation Cookie Drop, which has donated about 74,000 cases of cookies to service members worldwide this year.

Before coming to Atterbury, the Girl Scouts first stopped at Joint Forces Headquarters in Indianapolis and donated roughly 4,200 cases of cookies to be distributed to Indiana National Guard units all over the state. The cookies dropped at Atterbury later in the day were for the soldiers working on the installation, as well as the soldiers and civilians that deploy and redeploy here.

Riley Helms, a 10-year-old Girl Scout who has been in the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana for half her life, personally sold over 1,000 boxes of cookies this year and then went on to help other Girl Scouts reach their
sales goals as well. She said she was proud not only of what she does in the Girl Scouts, but also of being able to support service members.

“It made me feel really good because my uncle was in the military and we sent him cookies and he said he was glad to have them, so I thought other people would like them, too,” said Helms.

Of the cookies donated to Camp Atterbury, many of them were sent to the USO building here because it is already frequented by deploying and redeploying soldiers here. Duane Straw, CEO and president of the USO of Indiana, said he was extremely pleased with the donation from the Girl Scouts.

“There are a couple things we are going to do with [the cookies],” said Straw. One is that we are going to put them in our lounge because the soldiers here, just like everyone else in the country, love Girl Scout Cookies. Secondly, we are going to be sending some with troops that are going overseas and putting them in care packages.”

Straw expounded on how it felt that the Girl Scouts were so generous as to donate the cookies, especially in such quantities, to help the USO support service members abroad.

Straw said, “It's just wonderful. It's just great that we can show the troops they really are appreciated, and it means so much to them because it's coming from America's youth.”

By Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Scotten
Camp Atterbury Public Affairs
Provided through DVIDS
Copyright 2012

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