Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Cookies for Troops Campaign Hits Home for Girl Scout Cadette

Girl Scout Cadette, Claire knows the price of freedom. Her father is in the Army and has sympathy for all members of the military and their families. During Girl Scout cookie season, all Claire wanted to do was raise donations for cookies to send overseas to service men and women. “I wanted to thank our soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan by sending them a taste of home,” she said.

Claire thought of the idea to send cookies overseas last year and sent a few cases to a family member who was currently deployed to Iraq. Her goal this year was to raise enough money to send 200 boxes of cookies to Iraq and Afghanistan. Thanks to the generosity of many family members, friends and patriotic people; she was able to send 732 boxes overseas to our service men and women. Claire has had an immediate family member either on active duty, retired or veteran from all five branches of service and from every war dating back to World War II.

“With every single box of cookies sent, I am honoring my military family, the men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and saying a huge ‘THANK YOU’ to our Vietnam veterans who will forever have a very special place in my heart,” Claire said.

Outside of Girl Scouts, Claire loves to spend time with her family and friends. She also is very involved in sports such as swimming, volleyball and lacrosse. Claire believes she lives in the greatest country in the world. She is honored and humbled to be protected by our armed forces.