Girl Scouts proved their sales ability once again during this year’s Cookie Program, selling more than 1 million boxes of cookies in the council’s 23-parish jurisdiction, with the girls averaging 152 boxes each.
The sale boasted a 2 percent increase over the previous year, with a total of 1,031,063 boxes sold, said Vice President of Sales Alisha Moore.
For the first time, Girl Scouts were able to sell cookies over the Internet using personalized websites, which accounted for 1 percent of the total sales.
“Adding the Digital Cookie Web platform as another sales channel definitely helped our sale,” Moore said.
A total of 211 girls entered Girl Scouts Louisiana East’s Cookie Hall of Fame for selling 500 or more boxes of cookies, including 15 girls who sold more than 1,000 boxes.
Girl Scout Cookies also are donated through the council’s Gift of Caring and iGive programs, where customers pay for cookies for troop-selected, community organizations and nonprofits.
More than 10,000 boxes of cookies were donated through Gift of Caring to nearly 200 local organizations such as food banks, firefighters, police and hospitals, with a significant number of cookies going to military men and women serving overseas. The council also distributed nearly 6,000 boxes to Blue Star Mothers, the Second Harvest Food Bank and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank through iGive, which allowed customers purchasing cookies online to donate cookies.
While it is the participation in the Cookie Program that provides troops their funding for troop activities, trips and community service projects, girls also received individual recognitions such as patches, T-shirts and journals, with some top awards including electronics, cookie dough, a free week at resident camp and a “Diva Destination” for girls who sold 500 or more boxes.
Girl Scouts Louisiana East serves girls in kindergarten through 12th grade in Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana parishes.
For more information, call the council office in Baton Rouge at (225) 927-8946, or visit its website at www.gsle.org.
Livingston and Tangipahoa Parish Girl Scouts making the top-selling list included:
Ponchatoula: Jaci Hocke, 1,250 boxes
Denham Springs: Noelle Chutz, 1,021; Crystal Kirby, 1,001; Natalie Bennett, 857; Madeline Pastuszek, 755; Kasandra Aime, 751; Erin Stringfellow, 555; Lillie Hauptman, 550; Taylor Cloyd, 503; Josie Jones, 502; Emerson Bradley, 502; Cloe Landry, 500 and Natalie Bauder, 500
French Settlement: Madelyn Foster, 1,003; and Alicia Stanga, 500
Port Vincent: Alyssa Bishop, 760
Walker: Abby Selser, 760; Isabella Champlin, 750; Alexis Blust, 600; Ashley Veazey, 500; and Bailey Harris, 500
Amite: Cenite Gray, 753
Hammond: Megan Jones, 700; Bianca Arnone, 541; Michaela Jefcoat, 500 and Kaitlin McClelen, 500
Livingston: Elizabeth Verneuille, 541; and Bella Kennedy, 519.