Feb 012005
Authors: Clarke Reader

Every year in the beginning of February something sweet and chocolaty comes around; something that has the inane ability of making everybody smile, regardless of age.

The Girl Scouts are doing their annual cookie sale, offering students the chance to get a hold of such famous delicacies as Thin Mints and Samoas.

This year the Girl Scouts are on campus because of the efforts by Associated Students of CSU, Silver Wings, which according to their Web site is a, "a national, co-ed, professional organization dedicated to creating proactive, knowledgeable, and effective civic leaders through community service and education about national defense," and the Office of the President not only to give students the opportunity to buy cookies for themselves, but also to help support the troops in Iraq.

"The President's Office contacted us and said they had an organization called Silver Wings that wanted us to come to help send cookies to the troops," said Peggy Lewis, Girl Scouts product sales director. "All the money stays in our council and benefits girls from ages five to 17. We have approximately 5,000 girls."

When customers go to the Girl Scouts' booth in the Flea Market of the Lory Student Center they have the option of buying cookies for themselves or buying them to be sent to families of troops who are stationed overseas.

"Basically, you can elect to purchase cookies to send to the troops' families in Colorado or at the base in Wyoming," said Terry Colbert, a parent who is helping with the sales. "We can't send them directly to the troops in Iraq, so we're trying to help their families."

The boxes of cookies cost $3 and donations are being accepted to cover the cost of shipping.

"Its something nice to do for the families," said Erin Daniels, a sophomore human development major who also helps with Silver Wings.

The fact that the Girl Scouts are helping the families of troops in Iraq is an extra draw to cookie sales this year.

"We're pretty excited about this," said Lewis. "We've gotten a great response from the students."

Hopefully not only the families will benefit from this, but the troops will as well.

"It's extremely difficult for families to be separated from their loved ones, and they may feel like they've been forgotten, but this helps to remind them they are still remembered," said Colbert. "Also, the troops will appreciate that their families are being taken care of."

Many students on campus appreciate the work the scouts are doing and love that the cookies are available.

"I'm a veteran, so I think families should get all the support they can have, whether it be cookies or anything else," said Chris Bradford, a senior construction management major.

The Girl Scouts will be on campus through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and they will return on the Feb.15 and Feb. 16 so students can pick up their cookies and get one last chance to place an order. They encourage everyone to stop by and buy some cookies, either for themselves or for troops' families.

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