Did somebody say Peanut Butter Patties? Girl Scout Cookie Sales begin on Sunday

Service personnel pose with their Thin Mints.
Service personnel pose with their Thin Mints.

When Girl Scout Cookie Season begins Sunday, Jan. 30, San Diegans and deployed U.S. military personnel will have something sweet to celebrate — Operation Thin Mint’s 10

th

anniversary.

Since 2002, local Scout troops and generous cookie customers have teamed up to ship more than 1.6 million boxes of Thin Mint cookies to troops overseas along with tens of thousands of handwritten notes of support.

U.S. Navy, Marine, Army, Air Force and National Guard personnel deployed in Africa, Iraq, Afghanistan, Japan, Korea (and aboard ships in the Persian Gulf, Pacific and Indian Ocean) have received “a taste of home and a note to show we care.”

Free shipping for Operation Thin Mint, comes courtesy of American President Lines, a donation valued at about $165,000 since 2002. The Super Dentists, KSON radio, San Diego Business Journal, the Port of San Diego, Old Navy and the USS Midway Museum also help underwrite and publicize the free annual Operation Thin Mint Sendoff celebration. This year, it’s set for 9 a.m. Saturday, May 7 on the Midway Museum’s flight deck.

Girl Scouts San Diego launched Operation Thin Mint in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks and the anthrax incidents that ended the custom of mailing overseas care packages addressed to “Any Service Member.”

That first year, San Diegans donated three shipping containers full of cookies, accompanied by thousands of letters of encouragement. Grateful troops sent back thank you notes and e-mails.

“When we received a shipment of your Operation Thin Mint cookies, suddenly the bad times here weren’t so bad,” SPC Jermaine Webb wrote from Afghanistan. “When I eat them I feel like I’m home again!”

To participate, log on to

sdgirlscouts.org/otm

Girl Scout Cookie Sales At A Glance:

When:

Sunday, Jan. 30-Sunday, March 13

Where:

Door-to-door neighborhood sales and (Feb. 11-March 6) at cookie booths outside stores.

La Jolla Sales Coordinators:

Jennifer Ferris and Mitchelle Greenlee

Varieties:

Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils (shortbread), Tagalongs (Peanut Butter Patties), Do-si-dos, Lemon Chalet Cremes, 
Dulce de Leche and Berry Munch  — all kosher with 0 grams trans fat per serving.

Cost

:

$4 per box (since 2004)

New:

Customers can use smart phones to locate a nearby cookie booth when booth sales begin on Feb. 11. Download a free app by calling GSCookies  (472665437) from a mobile phone.

By the numbers:

San Diegans will buy more than 2.5 million boxes from 16,000 Girl Scouts.

Sales history:

94 years!  Girl Scouts began funding their service projects and activities with cookie proceeds in 1917, the same year Girl Scouting began in San Diego.

Proceeds:

Local Girl Scout Cookie sales stay in San Diego to keep Scouting affordable, funding service projects, field trips and other activities, as well as the council’s programs, camps and volunteer training.

   
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