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Contact Shannon Pinson, Troop #6063 leader,
409-752-5221 ext. 2266; or

Betsy Denson,
713-292-0236 or 1-800-392-4340, ext. 1236

Lady Oliver
713-292-0361
or 1-800-392-4340, ext. 1361

Beaumont Girl Scout Troop Sells Girl Scout Cookies for a Cause

Girl Scout Troop #6063 has teamed up with Meals on Wheels to give back to area seniors. Last December, the troop invited Elaine Shellenberger with Meals on Wheels to their troop meeting and learned that the organization serves more than 1500 meals per day in and around Beaumont, and that half of these meals go to area senior citizens. The troop then decided to make Meals-On-Wheels the beneficiary of their Cookie Share program which allows the public to buy Girl Scout cookies to be donated to an area organization. They call the program "Sweet Surprises for Seniors" and told their door-to-door customers as well as patrons at their Cookie Shops about the opportunity. The troop, who had set a goal of 300 boxes, has currently collected twice that amount and also expanded their original idea of collecting cookies to also collect pet food for the pets of senior citizens.

"The project took on a life of its own," says troop leader Shannon Pinson. "The girls recruited others to join in the effort and drummed up phenomenal community support."

One very successful ask took place during All Scout Day at Wesley United Methodist Church where girls from Troop #6063 along with members of Troop #6427 and #6353 made an announcement at the end of each of the three services inviting congregants to buy cookies for "Sweet Surprises for Seniors." Almost 300 boxes were collected. Girls have also been asking their schoolmates at All Saints Episcopal School to bring donated pet food. On March 20 during a special assembly, girls will present their Girl Scout Cookies and pet food to Meals-on-Wheels representatives. On March 21, members of the troop are also participating in a Mayors-for-Meals day during which Mayor Goodson will be delivering meals and cookies, with help from Girl Scout troop members.

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