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Thanks: Operation Thin Mint thanks

April 24, 2002

Every year, Girl Scouts gain many important life skills from the Girl Scout cookie sale, including leadership, values, teamwork, confidence and a sense of accomplishment. But this year, through a unique service project that ran in conjunction with the annual cookie sale, our Girl Scouts also learned the true meaning of the world community, both in the actions they took themselves and the extraordinary actions of the people in our local community.

The project, Operation Thin Mint, gave residents of San Diego and Imperial counties the opportunity to order an extra box of Girl Scout cookies to be sent to U.S. military troops serving our country overseas. Girl Scouts and the public were also invited to write our military personnel messages of support to accompany the cookies, providing "a taste of home and a note to say we care."

We knew this military town cared, but the overwhelming community response amazed even us. Thousands of Girl Scouts embraced Operation Thin Mint by making banners, buttons and ribbons, writing their own incredibly heartfelt notes and enlisting all of you to join in the mission. Their efforts and your remarkable generosity resulted in more than 104,330 boxes of Girl Scout cookies donated for our military troops.

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Girl Scouts San Diego-Imperial Council wants to thank ever person, business and organization that supported the 2002 Girl Scout cookies sale in any capacity. When you buy cookies from a girl at your door or at a booth sale, offer words of encouragement or allow neighborhood troops to set up shop in front of your business, you are actually benefiting all the Girl Scouts of San Diego-Imperial Council in a number of ways. In addition to the portion that goes directly back to the troops, money raised from the sale provides financial assistance, quality Girl Scout programs, training and camps to benefit girls in San Diego and Imperial counties — and ensures that Girl Scouting is available to every girl, everywhere.

We especially thank everyone who participated in Operation Thin Mint by buying an extra box of cookies, writing a note card, spreading the word, and showing your support. Just imagine how our U.S. military personnel will feel when sometime soon, they get a special delivery while serving our country overseas. … And as they open a box of their favorite Girl Scout cookies and read one of your note cards, we bet they'll be thanking you, too.

LUCKY JACKSON

Council president

JOE DEE C. JACOB

Executive director

Girl Scouts San Diego-Imperial Council

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