The Girl Scout Cookie Program is celebrating their 95th anniversary.
“The millions of Americans who support the Girl Scout Cookie program are helping girls across the country build important leadership skills,” said Kathy Cloninger, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA in a press release.
One of those ways is through a leading business and economic literacy program.
According to the Girl Scouts, Americans buy approximately 200 million boxes of Girl Scout cookies each year.
The organization has a proud legacy dating back to 1912 and since that time has advocated healthy and balanced lifestyles, according to their literature.
The Girl Scout Cookie Program has contributed to a tradition of leadership among Girl Scout alumnae like me.
As Girl Scouting celebrates its anniversary the organization is undergoing what they call a historic transformation the features a renewed commitment to develop leadership skills based on the values of the Girl Scout Promise and Law, states the release.
Girl Scouts has 3.7 million girl and adult members.
In other Girl Scout news, one scout has patients covered by organizing a blanket and supply drive for a hospital.
“Earning the Girl Scouts’ highest honor is no easy task, but Garland (Texas) resident Lindsey Wainwright found personal inspiration to tackle an ambitious Gold Award project,” said writer Courtney Flatt. “Lindsey is working in honor of her cousin, Bella Moore.”
Born March 22, 2006 Bella was diagnosed with a serious heart and lung condition and was given a ten percent chance of survival, according to Flatt.
“Bella’s mother, Margaret Moore, said there was little sense of normalcy during her stay at Children’s Medical Center Dallas,” wrote Flatt.
But thanks to Wainwright, 17, blankets, booties, socks, hats, mittens, and ribbons were provided to infants and comforted the family.
Wainwright said the project started when she and her sister made a fleece blanket and brought it to the hospital for Bella.
Wainwright had found out that the nursing staff provided the infants’ accessories so she wanted to help.
The Girl Scouts approved The Bella Blanket Project this past fall and now Wainwright delivers items monthly.
Wainwright reported that the project was easy and people continuously give donations.
However, when she made her December delivery she noticed there were still items in the supply closet from last fall.
Her solution? To also supply baby lotions, lights, crayons, coloring books and supplies for children and teenagers.