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Written by:Jennifer Yepez
12/12/2013 11:16 PM 

DALLASGirl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX) will launch its annual Cookie Program on January 10, 2014. New this year, Girl Scouts will have cookies in hand, allowing them to sell, deliver and collect money in one easy step; to the delight of cookie fans across northeast Texas. The GSNETX Cookie Program will run 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. The program helps Girl Scouts develop five key skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. Girl Scouts also have the opportunity to 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. 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,” said Colleen Walker, chief executive officer for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. “Whether it’s a bank, high-tech company, hospital, or even the local pet store, employers want someone who can set goals, meet deadlines, sell ideas, and they also want someone who is honest, trustworthy and reliable.”

A cornerstone of the Girl Scout Cookie Program is the dedication the girls have to raise funds to support educational field trips, leadership activities, and service projects. Girl Scouts also donate cookies to military personnel through Project Troop to Troop.

Project Troop to Troop encourages members of the community to buy Girl Scout cookies for donation to the U.S. Armed Forces. The donated cookies are transported to service men and women at home and abroad, to local veterans’ organizations and to wounded soldiers through Fort Hood, United Service Organizations (USO), and American Red Cross. Customers can also make a $10 donation towards purchasing 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.

Cookie booth sales begin on Jan. 17. 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 your phone’s app store. Customers can search for sales by zip code and share with friends on social media.

In 2013, GSNETX sold 3.6 million boxes of cookies. The GSNETX Cookie Program supports local Girl Scouts and 100 percent of proceeds raised stay in northeast Texas. Each box of cookies sells for $4.00.

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

For more information about the Cookie Program visit:www.texascookietime.org.

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