Girl Scouts say “Thank You, Marines!”
The Marines at the 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion near Gandy Bridge in Tampa, Florida were the recipients of a delivery from Girl Scout Troop 444… boxes of cookies, with a big ‘thank you for your service.’
Staff Sergeant Jaimes and Lance Corporal Aguirre with Katie and Mia E, from Girl Scout Troop 444
Girl Scout Troop 444 is based out of Trinity School for Children in Tampa. They often sell as a group in front of local businesses such as Publix, Walgreens, Lowes, and Hess. They also sell individually to people they know. The girls in the troop are: Aden, Amelia, Ari, Gabby, Jayda, Katie, Maggie, Mia E., Mia S., Sophia M, Sophia R., Riley, and Taylor. Troop leaders are Gina Fernandez, and Carrie Jones.
The Girl Scouts of America has a program which allows girls to sell boxes of cookies on behalf of the United States Military. If someone buys a box that they wish to donate, the program sends the cookies overseas to deployed troops. But it’s not personal for the girls to connect with our military.
Cookies to the Marines
What about the Active Duty military here? That’s where some anonymous donors came in- they asked that the boxes be hand delivered to Active Duty military locally, with thanks for their service. The girls were excited to be a part of it!
All of the girls were actively involved in selling the cookies throughout the cookie season. Last year, donors also purchased cookies for local Marines, but only one girl was involved in delivering them- Katie, daughter of Troop leader Gina Fernandez. This year they were able to enlist Mia E, as well, since most of the other girls were off to summer camps or vacations. It is hoped that this will become an annual event.
I used to donate cookies to the VA hospital, but I found out the cookies were not delivered to the vets due to diet restrictions. The nurses and doctors ate most of them. I was pissed. So……that’s where the idea to put the cookies directly in the hands of active duty Marines came from. Anonymous Donor
The cookies were graciously received at the base. Though the majority of the troops were out on maneuvers when the girls arrived, they were able to hang out with a couple of the Marines, and even see an amphibious vehicle. The Girl Scouts wish to thank Staff Sergeant Jaimes and Lance Corporal Aguirre, as well as the assistance of a Staff member who helped set up the delivery.
“Being able to take the cookies physically to the Marines, being able to share them in person, was very special for the girls.” Gina Fernandez, Girl Scout leader
With a ‘thank you for your service’ delivered complete with cookies, the girls took their leave from the base. I’m pretty sure the Marines will want to have them back next year for some sweet thank you’s from the Girl Scouts.