Girl Scout Daisy Kaitlyn Hartsook was among the 60 Girl Scouts recognized for selling at least 100 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to donate to the USO through Gift of Caring this year. Gift of Caring is a nationwide community service project through which Girl Scouts ask customers to purchase extra boxes of cookies for them to donate to their Hometown Heroes. A majority of the cookies donated in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina are given to the USO to distribute to members of the military. Kaitlyn sold 102 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to donate to the USO, the most sold among Girl Scouts in Williamsburg.
Kaitlyn was recognized at a breakfast hosted by Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast CEO Tracy Keller at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach prior to Girl Fest, an event attended by nearly 800 Girl Scouts and their families. During the breakfast, Paula Moran, president and CEO of the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia, thanked the top Gift of Caring sellers for their hard work. She shared how much soldiers enjoy a taste of home when they receive a shipment of Girl Scout Cookies while stationed overseas.
A second Williamsburg Girl Scout, Maryn Farley, a Girl Scout Brownie, was also recognized at the breakfast. She sold 100 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to donate to the USO.
This year, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast donated 24,001 boxes of cookies to the USO. Individual troops have donated additional boxes of cookies to other military groups, first responders, food banks and other local nonprofit organizations.
In Girl Scouts, girls learn the value of making a positive difference in the lives of others, even during the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Gift of Caring allows girls to support organizations that they care about by selling cookies to donate to the cause.
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