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Brewerton Girl Scout troop to donate cookies to soldiers

In order to help with the drive, Katie sent out letters to local businesses and politicians, as well as some more famous names.

"She's gotten quite a bit of feedback," Kelly said. "She even got a donation from Madeleine Albright."

In addition to donations for cookies, the girls in the troop, all second-graders at Brewerton Elementary, are also looking for help with the shipping costs, which will certainly be hefty -- the girls have already collected 350 boxes' worth of donations.

"Last year, we had a company to help us out with that," Kelly Stewart said. "But this year, that's going to come out of the girls' profits, so they might have to give up a field trip. So we're hoping to raise a little more money to help with that."

The cookies will go to a unit serving in Iraq that Troop 150 has co-adopted with the Central Square American Legion Post 915. And each of the 17 girls in the troop has a pen pal in that unit, someone she keeps in touch with throughout the year. They recently sent them Valentine cards and banners for St. Patrick's Day.

And that's not all the girls have done to help their community. The troop has also made bears at Build-A-Bear that they donated to the Ronald McDonald House, held a food drive and sung Christmas carols to the elderly. They've also donated boxes of cookies to a fundraiser for Bobby Galvano, a classmate at Brewerton Elementary who is battling cancer.

Kelly Stewart said the troop is very interested in serving the community.

"They're really a great bunch of girls," she said. "Whenever I ask them what we should do with our money, they want to use it to help people. It's really important to them."

"We like helping a lot of people," Megan said. "That's the best part."

If you would like to make a donation to send cookies to the troops, call Kelly Stewart at 676-7487 by Feb. 26. To make a donation towards

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