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New release: GSGC to donate more than 27,000 boxes of cookies to military through USO


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — In an effort to support hometown heroes, Girl Scouts of Gateway Council on Friday, April 28, will deliver more than 27,000 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to the Greater Jacksonville Area USO.

For the second year in a row, the USO’s 250,000-plus active-duty and retired military members and their families have received thousands of boxes of Girl Scout Cookies through Gateway Council’s Gift of Caring program.

Gift of Caring gives Girl Scout troops and the community the opportunity to make a difference in the Northeast Florida area and beyond. Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, customers can donate cookies by ordering from Girl Scouts in person, at booths and online. These cookies are tax-deductible, free to ship and sent directly to the USO at the conclusion of cookie season.

“We are proud to partner with the USO and help provide men and women in uniform a connection to their families back home,” said Mary Anne Jacobs, Gateway Council’s chief executive officer. “A donation of a box of Girl Scout cookies supports not only soldiers at home and abroad but also leadership development of girls in our local communities. Girl Scout Cookies are always worth sharing!”

The Greater Jacksonville Area USO has three centers, benefiting service men and women in Northeast Florida. These centers provide a “home away from home” for military members. The organization is entirely funded through donations by local citizens and businesses.

“The Greater Jacksonville Area USO is so thankful to the Girl Scouts of the Gateway Council for their great efforts to support our military men and women with their famous Girl Scout Cookie donation!” said Mike O’Brien, executive director of Greater Jacksonville USO. “These wonderful cookies they sell travel all over the world on U.S. Navy ships and planes and truly connect our deployed military men and women to home. Thank you to all the Girl Scouts for their support of our military heroes!”