As far as Girl Scout cookies slated for delivery to U.S. service personnel overseas are concerned, the journey of a thousand-plus miles will begin with short assembly lines of girls gleefully passing along cases of Thin Mints to be loaded onto heavy-duty military vehicles at the New York State National Guard Armory, 2 Dana Road, Valhalla, on Saturday, June 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Last year, Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson’s eleventh annual Operation Cookie Drop program resulted in over 60,000 boxes of cookies being donated by customers throughout the lower Hudson Valley.
As always, the program’s volunteer coordinator, Alison Bergman of Ardsley, hopes to exceed that total this year. In any event, thousands of cases of cookies will be sent to military units in places such as Kuwait and Afghanistan, as well as military hospitals stateside.
As in previous years, personal notes have been tucked into the cases of cookies, thanking the soldiers and sailors and wishing them well. Messages of appreciation, complete with photos of troops gleefully snacking on the treats, have been received in return.
In the past, supporters such as state, local, and county officials have stopped by the armory to personally thank the Girl Scouts for their efforts.
Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson, Inc. serves over 32,000 girls and more than 15,000 adult volunteers throughout seven counties in southeastern New York State: Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester. Its central administrative office is in Pleasantville, with additional regional offices in Kingston, Middletown, New City, and Poughkeepsie.