The 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Season Has Begun!
In the coming weeks a total of 693,720 packages of delicious Girl Scout cookies will be transported from the shelves of Paul Arpin Van Lines warehouses to customers in Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts, and Pawcatuck, CT – officially kicking off the 2018 Girl Scout cookie sale season here in southeastern New England!
In 2017, Girl Scouts across the country celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first known instance of Girl Scouts selling cookies. As a way of bringing to light this incredible centennial, Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England (GSSNE) hosted a very special event "Cookies & Cocktails" in January of last year. Due to the success of last year’s event, it has returned once again as a way of celebrating the Girl Scout Cookie Sale program! This year’s festivities are shaping up to be an incredible evening with local chefs creating delicious desserts using everyone's favorite treat—Girl Scout Cookies! GSSNE has partnered with some of your favorite groups such as: Knead Doughnuts, Ellie’s Bakery, Aquilante's Bistro & Tavern, Johnny Granata’s, and Newport Restaurant Group to showcase Girl Scout cookies "out of the box".
Proceeds from the annual Girl Scout Cookie sales remain in the local area - Rhode Island, southeastern MA and Pawcatuck, CT - and provide support for recruitment and training of volunteer leaders, outdoor programs and troop camping, property maintenance, and educational programs. Troops use their proceeds for trips, events, and have the option to donate a portion of their proceeds to a community service project.
The beneficiary of the 2018 Cookie Sale Community Service Project is The Confetti Foundation. The mission of The Confetti Foundation is to supply birthday parties to children who have to spend their birthday in the hospital. The foundation was started with the hope that families will be able to shift their focus from their child's sickness for just 30 minutes and celebrate. Although the party is not a cure, it will be a welcome distraction and a good reminder that ever child deserves to be celebrated. In January 2014, The Confetti Foundation started supplying birthday party kits to children who spend their birthdays in the hospital. Through the party kits, children of all ages are celebrated and honored on their special day. For more information, visit confettifoundation.org
About the Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program
The $760 million Girl Scout Cookie Program is the country’s largest girl-led business. It helps girls develop financial, leadership and life skills, including goal setting, money management, people skills, business ethics, and decision making. In fact, many successful business women today say they got their start selling Girl Scout cookies! Along with sales to friends and family, local Girl Scouts will begin selling cookies at booth locations outside grocery stores and other retail locations. Booth sales generally take place through the end of March. Cookie lovers may find a nearby booth sale with ease by downloading the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder mobile app, available on iTunes or Google Play, or at www.gssne.org.