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East Texas Girl Scout Troop Receives Package From Military

Its mission is to serve God, serve our country and help others at all times.   One East Texas Girl Scout Troop saw first hand how its contributions make a difference when they received a special package in the mail.

Every year, the Quitman Girl Scouts participate in the Troop to Troop program.   For three months, the girls collect donations, so they can buy Girl Scout cookies and send them overseas. Last March, the girls mailed 170 boxes of cookies, and a camera.

"I had a little note on there, 'would you please take pictures of your guys and the cookies, so our girls will have it for a scrap book, and they can see where these cookies end up,'"said Tina Hamilton, Troop Leader. Little did they know, their cookies made it to the USS Saipan stationed in Egypt.

"I came to school the very next morning and shared it with everyone in the office, and anyone I was seeing I was telling, look at what I've got," said Hamilton. Inside the package were pictures from the camera.

"We got back some really neat pictures, and they all had the girl scout cookies in them, so that was pretty neat," said ShelbyHerring, 10 Year Old Girl Scout. They also got a t-shirt signed by those aboard the ship.  

"One said that they would like the recipe because they thought they were so good, and they just said thank you," said Claire Sims, 10 Year Old Girl Scout.   The neatest thing, Hamilton says are the DVD's the U.S. Navy sent showing what it does on the ship.

"We got it the Thursday before Veterans' Day and just in time for Veterans' Day we showed it school wide," said Hamilton. "It was very, very exciting. I am thrilled beyond words." Most of all, the Girl Scouts learned their hard work does make a difference.  

Hamilton says there's still one camera out there, so they are hoping to get more pictures in the mail. The Girl Scouts will begin collecting money again for the Troop to Troop program in January.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com


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