Saturday, February 5, 2011

Support The Troops In the Yummiest Of Ways

The Girl Scout Council here in San Diego has a fantastic way to support our men and women in the military.  It happens to be one of the nicest, most wonderful ways to do something for the military that I have ever heard of, and its called "Operation Thin Mint".

Operation Thin Mint is program that lets anyone donate Girl Scout Cookies to our deployed troops.

When I think of our men and women serving overseas, my heart breaks sometimes.  I know how much they miss their families.  They miss this country.  They miss everything about home.  I think about some of the situations they live and work in, and how vastly different they are from what they know here.  I think about her terrible the conditions are in some of those camps for them.

I love to find ways to make things a little brighter or better for those that serve.  I want to brighten some one's day, and make them feel a little less homesick.

To me, there are few things in this world that are as American as Girl Scout Cookies.  Seriously, don't they rank just below baseball and apple pie?

So, the idea of being able to directly donate cookies to those serving abroad just sets my heart all a flutter.  I mean, this is such a great way to send a piece of home to someone who can really use it.

The program is super easy, too.  You give any girl scout that is participating the program the cost of one box of cookies, $4 for us, and tell them it is for Operation Thin Mint.  They mark it down, and a box of cookies is donated to the troops.  Just like that.

How cool is that.

The Big One loves it, too.  She knows how much it means when we send her daddy cookies when he is deployed and wants to give that to every person in the military that she can.  She would like to really help this program, and set herself a goal of 100 boxes to get to the troops.  If I could afford all 100, I would do it in a heart beat.  I love it that much.

To make it even better, you can even send thank you notes with your box.  Girl Scouts will gladly accept, and encourages, people to write little "thank you"s to go with all those cookies.  The idea of being a part of a pallet full of Girl Scout cookies with thank you notes is fantastic to me.

As if this program needed to be any better, the whole price of the donation is tax deductible.  Ask any Girl Scout about it and they can help you with that.

So, you get to support our military, support your local Girl Scout troop, and take a tax donation.  This to me, is the ultimate donation program.

If you, or anyone you know, would like to donate cookies to the troops, please contact me, or check with your local Girl Scout council about donating.  Help us to help the troops by sending in thank you notes, and buying a box in honor of every person you know who serves.  Make the day a little brighter for someone who does such an incredible job.