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Brewerton Girl Scout troop to donate cookies to soldiers

Soldiers serving with the 10th Mountain Division out of Fort Drum will be getting some sweet packages soon.

Brownie Troop 150 of Brewerton is collecting donations to send Girl Scout cookies to a unit serving overseas for the second year in a row. The troop, led by Kelly Stewart and Kim Salanger, is taking monetary donations that purchase boxes of cookies and sending those cookies overseas. The troop -- the members of which are Sophia Fiumano, Nicole Hesselbarth, Kalli Frey, Megan Goodwin, Rebekah Howard, Renee Kite, Nora Salanger, Kassidy Schad, Molley Creamer, Madeline DePasquale, Alaina Godici, Madison Notaro, Katie Stewart, Olivia Burke, Shannon Fisher, Nicole Henry and Emily Panek -- began the program last year.

It was Katie Stewart, 7, who came up with the idea. Her uncle Eric was serving in Iraq last year, and she knew the Cub Scouts were sending popcorn to his unit.

"Uncle Eric said the guys really liked the cookies," Katie said. "And they sent us a flag that they flew over Iraq as a thank-you."

This year, since her uncle's unit has returned home, Katie and her troop have connected with another unit from Fort Drum. However, the mission remains the same: to raise as much money as possible to send boxes of Thin Mints, Shortbreads, Caramel DeLites and more to the troops.

And it's not just the troops that enjoy the cookies.

"Last time they gave some to the children," Katie said.

"One unit donated some of their boxes to a local orphanage, and another gave them to some of the local children," Kelly said. "We thought that was neat, that it's children helping children."

Fellow Brownie Megan Goodwin, also 7, loves the idea of helping the troops in this way.

"I like to eat the cookies, so I bet they'll be excited to get cookies from us," she said.

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