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Cookies come with a cause

My View • Girl Scouts' baked treats help the whole community

As children, we placed no boundaries on ourselves when asked, 'What do you want to be when you grow up?'

We rattled off a list of dreams: a firefighter, a lawyer, a veterinarian, an astronaut, even the president of the United States. There was nothing to hold us back. Every activity was an exploration of the world.

Today, Girl Scouts are dreaming of their future. By participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls are building skills to make their dreams come true.

Besides their being a great treat, the proceeds from the sale of Girl Scout cookies benefit girls in our communities.

What really impresses me is that even the youngest Girl Scouts gain confidence and poise by learning how to greet customers and offer cookies for purchase.

As girls grow, emphasis is placed on getting to know their product (ingredients, calories, how the money will be used) to design creative marketing strategies and tools.

The cookie program not only teaches Girl Scouts valuable skills, it also generates revenue that helps the Girl Scouts - Columbia River Council provide a wide range of resources - to the scouts and to the community at large. This year, the Girl Scouts - Columbia River Council is supporting senior citizens. The council is organizing the Gift of Caring Program to benefit seniors through Loaves and Fishes, the Meals on Wheels People.

During the cookie sale, girls are asking customers to purchase cookies to be donated to Loaves and Fishes. Now, seniors can enjoy these tasty treats - which for the first time ever have zero trans fats.

When you're out shopping and see the Girls Scouts in their uniforms, I hope you will join me in supporting their dreams.

For information on our annual Girl Scout Cookie Program, which runs through Monday, contact the Girl Scouts - Columbia River Council by calling 503-977-6800, or visit our Web site, www.girlscoutscrc.org.

Christine Core is the board chairwoman for the Girl Scouts - Columbia River Council.