By GREG JORDAN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Area Girl Scouts hope to make up for lost time by selling more Girl Scout Cookies.
The Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council, which has 12,000 to 13,000 Girl Scouts, covers a region including parts of West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio and Maryland. The council is seeing cookie sales 20 percent lower than at this same time last year, said Beth Casey, the council’s CEO.
“In the Bluefield/Princeton area, we’re down 26 percent,” Casey added. “For the girls and troops, that’s over $4,500. This is the money they use when they’re planning their trips. They also use the money to plan the program events the Girl Scouts put on, and Girl Scouts do a lot for community service; so they’ll use that money they earn to put back into the community.”
Girl Scouts perform a variety of services when they help local nonprofit groups.
“In general, they love to work with the animals shelters, on coat drives, and beautification projects,” Casey said.
A large portion of annual cookie sales is made in January, but harsh winter weather and time lost from school reduced the opportunities to sell them, she stated.
“They get order cards and get orders from people they know in schools and churches and basketball games, and door-to-door is also a piece of that,” Casey said.
The fact that January is over does not mean that Girl Scout Cookies are no longer on sale.
“Now what’s exciting is that it’s not over,” she said. “Now is when we’re doing booth sales. What we’re hoping is that people will find a Girl Scout booth or find a Girl Scout they know, and buy cookies.”
Booths are set up at local grocery stores and businesses.
“Girl Scouts are very visible through the end of February and March and April,” Casey said.