HUDSON – It is Girl Scout Cookie season, and 2018 marks a century and a year that local troops have peddled Do-Si-Dos and Trefoils.
And this year, Hudson Junior Troop 90633 will assist the Ronald McDonald House in Akron, an independent charity organization that provides housing for families whose children are undergoing medical care.
"They are going to receive our donated boxes," said Troop leader Mary Beth Graf said. "And best of all, our girls are planning to cook a meal at the Ronald McDonald House for up to 100 people, after their recent expansion."
Since the Girl Scouts are older, they wanted to cook and bake the food and give back to the community, she said.
"We truly hope to bring joy to others who are not experiencing the most joyous of days," Graf said. "It may be one meal and a bunch of cookies, but it is a labor of love and service. Our troop hopes to leave behind a little smile for those families so in desperate need. Also, it brings our girls great pride to think that their hobbies and interests in cooking could actually spread love and kindness. It is also a true hands-on lesson in humility and selflessness."
Hudson Junior Troop 90633 includes Hudson residents Ava Frammartino, Grace Zonneveld, Elise Miklos, Nikki Lopez, Ashley Eggleston, Gabby Peinkofer, Allie Kula and Emma van Ginkel of Peninsula, Lilly Graf of Twinsburg and Kiley Demagall of Streetsboro.
"They are ecstatic to use their interests and talents in the culinary world to prepare and present a meal for the residents," Graf said. "Using our cookie profits, we hope to provide a wonderful meal and some respite for the inhabitants of the house. Any leftover funds will go to supporting our troop as we bridge to Cadette level this summer."
Each troop will sell Girl Scouts cookies through March 25. Cookies orders began in January, and girls already have booths at grocery stores and public sites. Some of the girls have online sites. The money raised by each troop is used for projects, camping, trips or other activities.
Troop 90633 is selling cookies at NC Soccer in Hudson from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.on March 10; Giant Eagle in Stow from 6 to 8 p.m. on March 16; and Heinen’s in Aurora from 5 to 8 p.m. on March 22.
This year the Girl Scouts are selling six varieties of cookies at $4 a box—Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Samoas, Do-Si-Dos, Trefoils and Savannah Smiles. The Toffee-tastic and Girl Scout S'mores are $5 a box.
In 2017 the statistics show 18,418 Girl Scouts sold 2.77 million boxes of cookies.
According to Graf, the Girl Scouts learn people/customer service skills, organization, financial management, basic math, marketing and advertising, cooperation, perseverance, philanthropy and more.
Some of the girls in Troop 90633 have been in Girl Scouts for six years and want to continue the journey, Graf said. The Scouts begin with Daisies for kindergarten and first graders; then graduate to Brownies for second and third grades; Juniors for fourth and fifth graders; Cadettes for sixth through eighth grades; Seniors for ninth and 10th graders; and Ambassadors for 11th and 12th graders.
"Of the 10 girls that I have registered with my current Junior troop, five have been with me since Kindergarten Daisies," Graf said. "But the remaining have been two to three years with me, also, so through Brownies and Juniors."
At the end of this school year, the girls should have accomplished enough to bridge up to the Cadette level of Girl Scouting, she said.
"It is an honor that some of these girls have been Scouts for six years and want to continue the journey and even bring new faces to our Scouting mission," Graf said.
For this year’s campaign, the Ronald McDonald House was chosen for more than giving back.
The "Cookie Mom" of the Troop, Dr. Lisa Eggleston, is a pediatrician in the Akron area.
"They are wonderful resources for families whose homes are hours away," Eggleston said.
Graf said one of her original Scouts, who moved away but remains close to the troop, was ill as a newborn and needed life-saving surgery.
"Her story and her parents' use of the Ronald McDonald House has inspired us," Graf said.
To find Girl Scouts selling cookies near you, call 1-888-9-ThinMint. To receive cookie booth alerts, download the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app on IOS or Android devices, or visit online at girlscoutcookies.org.
Reporter Laura Freeman can be reached at 330-541-9434 or firstname.lastname@example.org