Girl Scout Troop 178 donates cookies to Idaho State Veterans Home
POCATELLO - Girl Scout Troop 178 of Pocatello wanted to show their appreciation for local veterans this spring by providing 120 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to the residents of Idaho State Veterans home. Each year, a Girl Scout Troop has the opportunity to set aside proceeds from the annual cookie fundraiser to benefit a cause identified by the troop members. This year, the girls of Troop 178 wanted to show gratitude and appreciation to local veterans for serving our country. They developed donation boxes to display at their cookie booths in hopes that people in the community would sponsor a box of cookies to go to a local vet. The girls were able to raise enough sponsors to provide two boxes of cookies for each of the 57 residents at the veterans home, plus a few boxes for the staff. Once all of the boxes were sponsored, the girls were able to personally deliver them to the veterans home along with hand-made cards of thanks and appreciation. The troop was able to take a tour of the facility and were very surprised at the quality of the activities and spaces available. “I thought the place was beautiful,” said Addison, a first grade Daisy who is part of Troop 178. “It was nice to see that the people we saw there were happy.”
The girls pick a service project each year to support with a portion of the proceeds from cookie sales. In past years, Troop 178 has donated activity packs for pediatric patients at Portneuf Medical Center, pet care packages for the Pocatello Animal Shelter and holiday gifts for the residents of Safe Haven following their displacement after a destructive blaze to their facility. The girls want to specifically thank all those in the community who sponsored a box of cookies for this project to show our support for veterans. The girls also hope to encourage continued support of our veterans by sharing this story.