Girl Scout Alyssa Martin sold more than 1,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies this year.
But on Tuesday afternoon, Martin wasn’t concerned with the prizes she won for reaching her goal.
Instead, Martin and others concentrated on bringing smiles to the faces of veterans.
“It’s fun to see that it puts a smile on their face,” said Martin, a Cadette Girl Scout. “A lot of times they ask ‘how much?’ and then we tell them no cost. They like that.”
Tuesday, Martin along with a dozen fellow Girl Scouts from the area donated 182 boxes of Girl Scout cookies at the Ardmore Veterans Center. Thin Mints, Shortbread, Carmel deLites, Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies and more were hand delivered by the scouts to veterans.
Girl Scout Maile Glaser of Troop 622 said bringing cookie boxes to the veterans is a tradition for the troop, and this is the troop’s fourth year participating.
“They support us, and it is nice that we can support them,” Glaser said.
Walking around the dining room, the youths asked veterans if they would like a box and thanked them for their service to the United States.
During the Girl Scout booth cookie sales campaign, girls asked cookie buyers if they would like to buy a box to be donated to a veteran. One hundred eighty-two boxes were purchased as a donation for the veterans, with 100 coming from a single donor.
Brownie Girl Scout Britney Hatchorn said asking people to buy boxes for the veterans was no trouble.
“A lot of people said ‘Oh, yeah, I’ll do that,’” Hatchorn said.
Later this month, more cookie boxes will be taken to the Sulphur Veterans Center where scouts will deliver the donations.
Additionally, Girl Scouts in troops located in Carter, Murray, Johnston, Marshall and Love counties collected 997 boxes for the Operation Cookie Drop. Those boxes will be sent to U.S. soldiers serving overseas.
In the five-county region, 52,558 boxes of Girl Scout cookies were sold this year. Cookie sales are a fundraiser for the Girl Scouts of the USA, a youth organization for young ladies.