Scouts ship cookies to GIs serving in Iraq

December 18, 2003

Sandra Romero is the leader of Girl Scout Troop 2168, a group of 7-year-old Brownies from the Columbia-Clarksville area. This year, as part of their annual Girl Scout cookie sale, the children decided to send cookies to the troops in Iraq.

Nineteen of the 21 troops that make up the Pointers Run Girl Scout Cluster adopted the project.

People often say they don't need cookies, Romero said. So this year, " ... we kind of guided the girls to a comeback to that. We said, `Well, you can also buy a box and donate them, and we will be sending them to our soldiers overseas."

Romero estimates the cluster sold more than 300 boxes of cookies. "Their perseverance was amazing. They weren't shy at all," she said.

On Dec. 10, Scouts from the cluster met at the UPS Store in River Hill to mail the cookies to the Army Post Office in New York. From there, they will be sent to contacts in Iraq to distribute to "people in need of a little bit of home," Romero said.

"I have two cousins, some people had neighbors, some people had co-workers that were in the service, so we forwarded them to those people," she said.

Packed in the boxes were 190 homemade Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa cards that the girls had made.

"In the dry desert, they're going to open that, and they're going to get a big laugh out of it. Or they're going to say, `Thanks for remembering,' " Romero said.

Last year, Troop 2168 sent cards to soldiers in Afghanistan. "And they wrote beautiful letters back, simple and full of patriotism and love for their country," Romero said.

"Thank you for thinking of us soldiers here in Afghanistan," one man wrote.

- Fay Lande

@SUBHEDGlenwood library offers book groups for all ages

The Contemporary Fiction Book Club at the Glenwood library will discuss The Dive from Clausen's Pier by Ann Packer at its next meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 5.

A Young Adult Advisory Board will meet from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 6. The group, ages 11 to 17, advises the library about books, music, programs and computer games that young people might enjoy. A discussion, activity and refreshments are planned.

The Western Howard County Seniors Book Club will talk about A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton at 10 a.m. Jan. 7.

The Mother-Daughter Book Club: Fairy Tales and Legends, a group designed to give mothers and daughters an opportunity to spend time talking, laughing and sharing, will discuss Rowan Hood by Nancy Springer at 8 p.m. Jan. 7. The club is for daughters ages 11 and older and a parent.

Registration is required. The library is at 2350 Route 97.

Information: 410-313-5577.

Birth

William Maxwell: To Bryan and Dawn Kirk of Woodbine on Oct. 26.

Around Town

Toy drive: Parent volunteers at Folly Quarter Middle School on Triadelphia Road are collecting new, unwrapped toys from children and parents arriving at school each morning, through tomorrow. The toys will be given to the House of Ruth for distribution to needy families.

Chess club: The Glenwood library offers open play for chess fans of all ages with its Howard County Library Chess Club. The group meets from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays. Registration is not required. Chess sets are provided. The group will not meet Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. 410-313-5577.

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