Written by:Monica Gonzales
1/14/2014 11:26 PM 

Robert Miller
Robert Miller The Dallas Morning News
Published: 19 December 2013 08:51 PM

Cookie fans will be happy to hear that for the first time, Girl Scouts who sell door to door will have cookies in hand and will be able to sell, deliver and collect money in one easy step.

The cookies will be on sale through Feb. 17.

“Selling cookies is more than a tradition; the Girl Scout cookie program is an integral part of Girl Scouts’ business and economic literacy initiative for girls in kindergarten through 12th grade,” said Colleen Walker, chief executive for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas.

“The program helps Girl Scouts develop five key skills: goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics.”

Girl Scouts can also earn the new Mary Kay Entrepreneurship patch, designed to inspire the next generation of female leaders through the cookie program.

“The Girl Scout cookie program supplies girls with important leadership skills that will provide a lifelong foundation for success and has been proven to boost girls’ self-esteem,” Walker said. “The largest financial literacy program in the world encourages girls to dream big and plan a professional career path based on what they’ve learned.

“Whether it’s a bank, high-tech company, hospital or even the local pet store, employers want someone who can set goals, meet deadlines and sell ideas, and they also want someone who is honest, trustworthy and reliable,” she said.

The cookie program raises money to support educational field trips, leadership activities and service projects.

Girl Scouts also donate cookies to military personnel through Project Troop to Troop, which encourages members of the community to buy cookies for donation to the U.S. armed forces. The donated cookies are transported to servicemen and women at home and abroad, to local veterans organizations and to wounded soldiers through Fort Hood, United Service Organizations and the American Red Cross. Customers can also make a $10 donation to buy cookies for military personnel by texting the word “GREEN” to 80888.

Last year, nearly 178,000 packages of Girl Scout cookies were donated to Project Troop to Troop in northeast Texas.

Booth sales begin Jan. 17, and customers can find nearby cookie booths by downloading the Cookie Locator app. The app is available for iPhone and Android by searching GS COOKIES in the app store. Customers can search for sales by ZIP code.

In 2013, the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas sold 3.6 million boxes of cookies. The cookie program supports local troops, and all money raised here stays in northeast Texas.

Each box of cookies sells for $4.

Cookie flavors are Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Samoas, Do-Si-Dos, Trefoils, Dulce de Leche, Thank U Berry Munch and Savannah Smiles.

To learn more about the cookie program, visit www.texascookietime.org.

The local Girl Scouts organization serves more than 33,000 girls and 17,000 adults in 32 northeast Texas counties. For information on how to join, volunteer, donate or reconnect to the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, call 1-800-442-2260 or visit www.gsnetx.org.

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