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Girl Scouts embrace National Cookie Day

Girls Scouts of Historic Georgia’s Sales Manager Tiffany Stewart stands with 1,500 cases of cookies warehoused at the 515 Pine Ave. office Friday and ready for troops to place orders and booth sales, which starts next Friday.

Girls Scouts of Historic Georgia’s Sales Manager Tiffany Stewart stands with 1,500 cases of cookies warehoused at the 515 Pine Ave. office Friday and ready for troops to place orders and booth sales, which starts next Friday.

ALBANY, Ga. -- Cookie sales and deliveries went into high gear everywhere, including Albany, on Friday as part of National Girl Scout Cookie Day.

The special day coincided with the arrival of this year's cookie supply with the new box design, as well as Friday's Daddy-Daughter Dance at the Albany Civic Center.

A delivery truck circulated through Southwest Georgia on Friday while the Girl Scouts office on Pine Avenue was full of boxes waiting to be sent to their final destination.

As in years past, sales this season in the Albany area are so far doing well.

"The sales are going good," said Tiffany Stewart, product sales manager for the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia office in Albany. "We have the largest per-girl average (in cookie sales) in the country. On average, there are 12 girls in Albany and Lee County that reach 1,500 boxes."

Restaurants throughout the state made deserts from the six varieties of Girl Scout cookies Friday -- Texastar Steakhouse on Dawson Road among the local participants -- and Girl Scouts hosted a "#onemorebox" contest on social media to give participants a chance to share their favorite cookie flavors and stories.

"The Girl Scout Cookie Program is developing the entrepreneurs of the future," said Margaret Skene, CEO of Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, in a news release. "We're taking girls from badges to business and from cookies to careers."

Officials say that the $790 million program's ultimate purpose, while providing financial support for troop activities, is to teach girls five essential skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, business ethics and people skills. The skills serve as the inspiration for the new box design.

"This cookie program is more than just a fundraiser," said Debbie Caballero, marketing and communications officer for the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia.

Deliveries began on Friday and will continue along with individual sales through next week. Weekend booth sales start on Friday at various locations in Albany including Big Lots, Hobby Lobby, Lowe's and Sam's Club through March 10.

For more information on how to find cookies, visit www.gshg.org.

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