"We are here to load up boxes of cookies to be delivered to our wonderful service men and women in the Middle East and in the hospitals where they're recuperating," said Pamela I. Anderson, chief executive officer for Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson.
Thousands of boxes of cookies were packed, according to Anderson [see the clip above for details]. They should reach those stationed overseas in August. The cookies destined for hospitals will likely arrive in the next week or so.
Eileen Stewart, a Hartsdale resident who was lending a hand Saturday, said Girl Scout cookies are one of the most sought-after items among service members overseas. When she sends them to her sons, who are both majors in the US Army, she's vague with the description on the box: "snacks."
"They can make the difference between a down day and being over the moon," she said. "Once you say Girl Scout cookies, these soldiers go nuts for them."
Stewart was one of many volunteers—including cadets from the US Navy—at the Westchester County Police Academy in Valhalla, where the event took place.
Here's a list of some of the communities in Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester that had troops present:
- Croton on Hudson
- New City
- North Salem
- Yorktown Heights
If you snapped a few photos at the event, please add them to this gallery.