A local Girl Scout is making sure our soldiers serving overseas are still getting their Girl Scout cookies.
Georgia Buttgereit, a sixth-grader at Cambridge Middle School, has donated more than 200 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard who are serving overseas.
Georgia, from Girl Scout Troop 13021, donated 132 boxes of Girl Scout cookies this year, as well as 93 boxes last year, through Operation Cookie Care.
Through Operation Cookie Care, customers have the opportunity to purchase cookie packages that are donated to military support organizations. These organizations will then forward the cookies to men and women of the Armed Forces.
“I decided to do this to support our U.S. Troops overseas because they can’t buy the cookies themselves,” Georgia said. “But I’m sure it’s nice for them to have something sweet once in a while.”
Georgia is grateful to her friends and family members who bought the cookies to donate through Operation Cookie Care.
Georgia said her troop visited an Air National Guard Unit based in Minnesota last July. The girls toured the base and looked inside a transit plane. At the end of the tour, they presented the donated boxes of cookies to a master sergeant.
“I had friends in Girl Scouts so that’s why I decided to join,” Georgia said. “But our soldiers need things too, so that’s why I decided to do this. They are protecting our country, and I thought this would bring them some enjoyment. It’s important to support our soldiers overseas in any way possible.”
Georgia’s father is proud of her work with Operation Cookie Care.
“I’m proud of her activities with the Girl Scouts in general, but also because she’s supporting this program,” Jamie Buttgereit said. “This is an important program to support.”
Buttgereit mentioned the Troop, managed by co-leaders Becky Skoog and Carrie Hawley, donated 53 additional boxes to Li’l Farm Children’s Home this year. Last year they donated additional boxes to Li’l Farm and the local food shelf.
Georgia, who said her favorite Girl Scout cookie is Thin Mints, is planning on participating in Operation Cookie Care again next year.
“The program is really fun, and it’s a great way to support our troops,” Georgia said. “I would encourage more Girl Scouts to take part in this.”