Widger said the girls loved the gifts, which are similar to the scarves that girls in Kabul have to wear to cover their faces, and promptly began collecting donations. When it came time to begin the Girl Scout cookie campaign, Widger thought it would add a touch of home if all the troops in the Baldwinsville area donated cookies to the soldiers through the Gift of Caring program, which is supported by the community the scouts live in.
"Every year, Girl Scouts donate cookies to the food pantry or other foundations," she said. "I asked the Baldwinsville Service Unit if they would be interested in this project and they all agreed."
The Gift of Caring program enables people who can't or won't eat the cookies for various reasons to still support the Girl Scouts by purchasing cookies and donating them to a church, food pantry or whatever organization the troops decide to support, which in this case would be the soldiers.
"People are so generous, especially when it comes to our service men and women who are protecting our country with their lives," Widger said. "Donating the cookies brings a bit of America and home to the troops. What's more American than Girl Scout cookies?"
To ship the cookies, the troop received a donation from the Baldwinsville VFW to pay for shipping, and a donation of boxes from WMF Photography to pack the cookies in. Also, every troop in the Baldwinsville Service Unit donated cookies from their efforts.
"The girls are excited about this project and they think the men and women will be thrilled to get the cookies from us," Widger said. "We would like to thank the people of the community for buying the cookies and all of the wonderful Brownies, Girl Scouts and Cadets of the Baldwinsville Service Unit who asked 'Would you like to buy a box of cookies to donate to the troops?' Without them, we wouldn't have 605 boxes to send."