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Girl Scout cookie sales get underway tomorrow

Locals wanting their fix of Thin Mints and Samoas are in luck as Girl Scout cookie sales start tomorrow, Friday, at booths set up outside some area grocery stores.

A total of 500,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies are arriving in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.

They’ll go on sale starting tomorrow at the Grandview Safeway store, 610 E. Wine Country Rd., from 4 to 7 p.m. The next day, Saturday, the cookies will again be available at the Grandview store from 2 to 8 p.m.

Other cookie sale dates at the Grandview Safeway are Monday, March 24, Thursday, March 27, and Monday, March 31, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Girl Scout cookie sales in Sunnyside will take place at two locations. They’ll be available at Walmart on two different Saturdays, March 22 and 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Sunnyside Safeway store will have cookie sales next Wednesday, March 26, from 4 to 7 p.m.

The local sales will wrap up at the Sunnyside Safeway on Sunday, March 30, from noon to 4 p.m., and Monday, March 31, from 2 to 5:30 p.m.

Through product sales, Girl Scouts earn money for troop activities, which include community service, field trips to earn badges, resident and day camp experiences and travel adventures.

During the cookie sale, local Girl Scouts also ask their customers to purchase and donate cookies for various Gift of Caring projects. Operation Troop to Troop is the largest such project in this area where the donated cookies are given to local service men and women. Along with the donated cookies, Girl Scouts have included handwritten “thank you” letters.

The Girl Scout cookies are still $4 per box.

“Girl Scouts prepare for months learning to greet customers, set goals and handle money during their troop meetings,” said Kelly Thompson, product sales manager for Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.

“We utilize our troop leaders to teach these valuable skills to our future generation. Right now, we need more adults to volunteer. There are girls waiting to join Girl Scouts but there are not enough troop leaders to meet the demand.”

Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho is seeking adult volunteers to work with troops forming in the summer and fall of 2014. More than 20 adult volunteers are needed to fill the gap for forming troops.

Girls in kindergarten through 12th grade can join Girl Scouts in a traditional troop at any point during the year as long as there are five girls and two leaders in the troop.

Contact local representative Cheryl Reese at 509-834-9785 for more information.

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