COAST CITIES — Six girls from North Coastal communities were among top Girl Scout cookie sellers honored during the 13th annual Operation Thin Mint Sendoff aboard the USS Midway museum.
Four live in Carlsbad: Leah Ertel of Brownie Troop 1036; Jaden Ferguson and Rachel Wobby of Cadette Troop 1104; and Amelia Young from Cadette Troop 1636. The others are Encinitas residents Agnes Lin, also of Troop 1636, and Daniella Brant of San Marcos Troop 4192.
Each Scout sold at least 2,014 boxes of cookies in 2014 — a goal achieved by just 31 Girl Scouts in the San Diego-Imperial region. Collectively, the coastal area Girl Scouts sold 12,370 boxes, and 1,586 were donated to deployed military through Operation Thin Mint. The girls’ successes earned them the opportunity to take center stage with U.S. Congressman Juan Vargas and top brass at the sendoff of the cookies — including helicopter rides.
San Diegans shipped a total of 198,470 boxes of OTM cookies to military troops this year. The morning featured skydivers and a Coast Guard helicopter lifting a pallet of Thin Mints from the Midway to demonstrate how cookies are delivered to some ships. Speakers included Brig. Gen James W. Bierman, Jr. (Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot), Rear Adm. Patrick J. Lorge (Commander, Navy Region Southwest), Girl Scouts San Diego’s Board Chair Debbie Rider and Girl Scouts San Diego CEO, Jo Dee C. Jacob.
Send-off attendees had the opportunity to personally thank military troops for their service to the U.S., and to write notes to accompany cookie shipments. Many also contributed to a collection for the Jacobs & Cushman HYPERLINK “http://sandiegofoodbank.org”San Diego Food Bank — donating more than 100 pounds of groceries.
San Diego Girl Scouts began Operation Thin Mint in 2002 to give deployed U.S. military troops “a taste of home and a note to show we care.”