Girl Scout troop enjoys giving during cookie sale

By Arielle Clay

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Two Birmingham area troops serving in Iraq are getting a sweet boost from another kind of troop back at home.

"We want everyone to know that girl scouts isn't just about selling cookies it's about helping others and that's our way of saying thank you," troop leader Gloria Yelder said.

To say thanks to some of the Homewood and Birmingham soldiers in Iraq, Troop 766 from Fairfield sends cookies.

"I enjoy doing this kind of stuff because it helps me to choose new things and be more responsible," Kendlyn Spencer said.

The girls saw just how much their delicious donations meant when one soldier wrote back and they were presented with a certificate of appreciation.

"I thought it was special because I didn't think it would mean that much to them that they would actually send something back," Raven Grady said.

Now in their fourth year of collecting donations to send cookies to Iraq, Yelder decided to take on another cause.

"At first we were going to send cookies to Haiti but they have no mailing center so everyone we called said nice idea but it just won't work," Yelder said. So the troop has instead set the goal of donating $1000 to a Haitian orphanage.

Yelder says her troop is learning a valuable lesson by working to send money and cookies overseas and she says she realized just how much they're learning when one girl made a selfless decision.

Each girl makes personal profit from the cookie sales and Spencer decided to donate half of her profits to Haiti.

"I thought about how if I was in Haiti and if someone would do the same for me I would be happy for what they'd done.

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