696,000 packages of Girl Scout cookies arrive Saturday

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Beginning this Saturday, more than 696,000 packages of Girl Scout cookies will be transported from the shelves of Paul Arpin Van Lines warehouses to customers in Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts and Pawcatuck, Conn.

Thin Mints, the most popular Girl Scout cookie, will be sold along with Peanut Butter Patties, Lemonades (which will celebrate its 10th anniversary!), Thanks-A-Lots, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Shortbreads and Cranberry Citrus Crisps for $4 per package. Last season’s addition – gluten free “Trios” will again be available on a limited basis for $5 per package.

Proceeds from Girl Scout Cookie sales remain in the local area – Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts and Pawcatuck – and provide support for recruitment and training of volunteer leaders, outdoor programs and troop camping, camp and 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 2016 Cookie Sale Service Project is The Katie DeCubellis Memorial Foundation. Katie was 13 years old when her life was taken by a drunk driver. She was a Girl Scout who believed in helping others and making the world a better place. The mission of The Katie DeCubellis Memorial Foundation is to promote youth leadership, to support education and to generate public awareness of the dangers of drunk driving and substance abuse. By educating the community about the dangers of drunk driving, Katie’s legacy can live on. To learn more about The Katie DeCubellis Memorial Foundation visit www.kdmf.org.

Along with sales to friends and family, 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.

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 businesswomen today say they got their start selling Girl Scout cookies. For more information about the Girl Scout Cookie Sale, visit www.girlscoutcookies.org.

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