Flu, Weather Conditions Prompt Local Girl Scouts to Extend Cookie Sale

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Cookie season was set to end February 25, but has now been extended through March 4, 2018, providing the girls with one additional weekend to accomplish their cookie-selling goals. 

“Each year our girls look forward to the one opportunity when they sell cookies to raise troop funds,”  CEO of Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains, Becky Burton said. “We all realize how brutal the flu season has been, impacting many of our families and preventing them from participating.”

According to federal officials, this is the worst flu season since 2009-10 when a swine flu outbreak swept across Texas and the U.S. Burton said the extreme weather has kept them from their usual strategies of selling at booths or door-to-door,” she added.

“Our girls are so grateful for the extension of cookie season,” Girl Scout Product Program Coordinator in Amarillo, Marsha Goebel said. “With the harsh weather, many of our troops have had to cancel cookie booths. By extending the sale through March 4th, all of our girls, including those who were out earlier due to illness, will now have the chance to make up for those missed opportunities.” 

All net revenue raised by cookies sold stays with the local council and troops. Girls use money earned from their cookie business to fund community service projects and learning experiences, such as field trips and travel opportunities.  Nearly 1 million Girl Scouts nationwide participate in the Girl Scout Cookies Program each year. 

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