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.