MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. --
North Carolina Girl Scouts dropped into Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., May 13 for the annual Operation Cookie Drop.
Operation Cookie Drop is a program in which local Girl Scouts deliver cookies to military personnel from Cherry Point, Fort Bragg and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Out of the 82,164 boxes received this year, more than 7,000 boxes of cookies were delivered to the air station for the Marines and Sailors.
“It is always wonderful to see how eager our communities are to support our military troops and Girl Scouts,” said Lisa Jones, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines. “We are very proud of this program and especially proud of all the Girl Scouts who have worked so hard to collect these donations.”
Now in its 10th year, Operation Cookie Drop has shipped more than half a million boxes of cookies to military troops.
“The Marines and Sailors who are going to benefit from these cookies are going to feel honored that the local community and Girl Scouts are acknowledging the sacrifices they make for the community and the Corps,” said Sgt. Maj. Christopher G. Robinson, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing’s sergeant major. “This is just another show of appreciation that the Girl Scouts are doing for the service members.”
During the drop, the service members and Girl Scouts helped unload boxes upon boxes of cookies at the Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2 supply building.
“I feel good about helping the Marines,” said Elizabeth, a Girl Scout with Troop 1938, who has been participating in the cookie drop for more than five years. “A lot of the Marines don’t have the advantage of having family out here to send them cookies, so this is one way to help them out.”