Via The Columbian:
SALMON CREEK — Girl Scout Troop 42561 has a history of helping others. Just within the last year, they've made blankets for cats and dogs at the Humane Society, donated about $500 to Share House and about $300 to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and handed out cookies to patients at a veterans medical center.
And it all started with cookie sales.
"Would you like to buy some Girl Scout Cookies?" Maddy Surface, 12, asked shoppers leaving the Salmon Creek Fred Meyer on Sunday afternoon. Some said no thanks, while others bought several boxes.
The sixth-grader has spent about 30 hours this season selling cookies outside stores. In all, she's sold nearly 900 boxes of cookies. Her troop, made up of sixth-graders from the Vancouver and Hazel Dell area, already has an idea of where some of those proceeds will go this year: a toy drive for children in need.
"They earn 70 cents per box," Maddy's mother and troop leader Amy Surface said. "From their earnings, they decide what they want to do."
Of the recent service projects the girls have tackled, a couple stood out, they said. Spending time with veterans in a skilled nursing unit was memorable, as was volunteering at Share by filling backpacks with food for children in need.