Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Barrett Brownies Give Cookies to Troops

Brownie Troop 5837 with their cases of donated cookies, counterclockwise starting from the right: Kate Felsenheld (in the dog shirt), Faith Dabrio, Autumn Gromada, Silvia Gomez-Ruiz, Sophie Hickey , Sophia Constantine, Sara Brown , Allison Vernon, Hazel Thurston, Nell Curtain. Unavailable for the photo: Annie Choudhry, Casey Donovan, Nakeysa Hooglund, and Samantha Merlos. (Click to enlarge the image.)

K.W. Barrett Brownie Troop 5837 sold almost 23 cases of Girl Scout cookies that will be donated to recuperating troops at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Of the 1,600 total boxes that the girls sold, 271 will go to the troops as part of the Girl Scouts’ “Gift of Caring” program in which extra boxes (they always have extra boxes) are donated to a charity the Brownie Troop chooses. The girls also asked people to buy boxes specifically for donation.

Hazel Thurston sold the most donated boxes while Alison Vernon sold the most boxes total. Donna Felsenheld, Patricia Hickey and Sylvia Merlosis are the troop leaders. Cathy Constantine coordinated the cookie sales.

Brownies are younger Girl Scouts, from 6 to 8 years old. Barrett Elementary is also home to a Junior Girl Scouts Troop (8 to 11 years old) and a Daisy Girl Scouts Troop (5 to 6 years old).

Although the Walter Reed Public Information Officials would have been happy to figure out exacatly how many boxes of Girl Scout cookies they get every year, I didn't ask them to (why waste Veteran's Administration's dollars). Still, V.A. staff said, "I do know [the cookies] are much appreciated." --ST

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