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Its cookie time, again

The 2008 Girl Scouts of Tanasi Council Cookie Program is getting underway. Thin mints, samoas and all the favorites are back, along with two new additions, lemon chalet cremes and the sugar-free chocolate chip cookie.

Although the public enjoys the cookies for only a limited time, Tanasi Council Girl Scouts anticipate the event all year long.

“It is fun to go out into your community, ring doorbells and meet your neighbors,” senior Girl Scout Sarah Joy Stombaugh said. “I’ve been selling cookies to one lady for 10 years. We both look forward to cookie season.”

All proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie Program stay in East Tennessee.

Troops decide how to spend their funds; from field trips to community service projects.

Stombaugh’s troop used cookie money to attend summer resident camp. A Mary-ville troop has been saving cookie money for years for a trip to Europe. A Fountain City Troop used cookie money to build a playground for Berean Christian School.

“The young lady who approaches you to buy a box of Girl Scout cookies is growing in courage, confidence and character,” GSTC CEO Lucille Griffo said.

“She is learning how to plan and budget and market her product. She is learning about the art of public speaking and customer service. Isn’t it amazing what a box of cookies can do?”

Like almost 10,000 other area Girl Scouts, Alyssa Griffin is hoping for a lot of customers.

The 12-year-old has been a businesswoman for more than half her life.

“I’ve sold cookies for seven years,” she said. “I hope to sell about 300 boxes this year, but it’s hard work.”

Tanasi Council Girl Scouts began taking orders Tuesday, Jan. 18. Cookie deliveries and booth sales begin Friday, Feb. 29. Cookie sales will end Wednesday, March 19.

To locate a Girl Scout selling cookies in your area, or for more information about cookies sales, call 800-474-1912 or visit


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