Girl Scouts and Hugs for Soldiers send a ‘taste of home’ to Iraq

A soldier serving in Iraq wrote, “Back at home, the sale of Girl Scout cookies are a once-a-year event that one might miss if they didn’t go to Wal-Mart on the right weekend, or if a co-worker wasn’t helping a daughter sign people up for some boxes. Here though, in a world that has none of the comforts of home, your simple box becomes so much more than just cookies. They become a way for the battle-hardened soldiers to not be completely disconnected with the homes they can’t wait to see again. For that, I thank you!” These words became the inspiration for Hugs for Soldiers to once again hold a Girl Scout cookie drive for our deployed troops.

Girl Scouts of the Little River Service Unit in Blount County teamed up with Hugs for Soldiers, Inc., a nonprofit organization, to send a little “taste of home” to our troops in Iraq. The girls made posters for their booths saying “Buy a Box of Cookies for Our Troops.”

In all, 1,248 boxes of cookies were donated to Hugs for Soldiers. Kathy Orcutt, co-founder of Hugs for Soldiers, placed a label on each box to let the soldiers know who was involved.

CPT Nicole Ussery of the 2BSTB, 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne out of Fort Campbell, Ky., wrote, “I received the cookies last night. I’ve hung up the photos of the Girl Scouts and Brownies that helped collect all of these cookies. It’s really nice to see young Americans are appreciative of U.S. service members.”

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