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Girl Scouts collect and pack cookies for overseas troops

Tigard Troop 45081 also donates funds for shipping costs


BARBARA SHERMAN - At Tigard American Legion Post 158 on April 3, Jennifer Lamaye (center), co-founder of Mission Mahalo, instructs Girl Scouts how to pack boxes with cookies and other items for overseas troops while her son Jordan plays on the floor.Nearly three dozen Girl Scouts descended on Tigard American Legion Post 158 on April 3 to pack boxes with and other items to send to troops stationed overseas courtesy of Mission Mahalo.

The Scouts included 12 Brownies and Junior Scouts in Troop No. 45081, which has 14 girls in third to fifth grade from Deer Creek Elementary in King City and Durham and Mary Woodward elementary schools in Tigard plus one girl from Hiteon Elementary in Beaverton. In addition, other Girl Scouts through eighth grade participated in the project.

Sherwood resident Jennifer Lamaye co-founded Mission Mahalo several years ago while living in King City to send boxes of treats and hygiene and holiday items primarily to Oregon troops serving in Afghanistan and formerly in Iraq, with more than 1,000 boxes sent since the non-profit’s inception.

According to Troop 45081 co-leader Loune Smith, on April 3 the girls filled about 45 care boxes containing approximately 400 boxes of Girl Scout cookies plus Beanie Babies, magazines, toys and notes written by the Scouts. There were about 12 adult volunteers in attendance, and the troop donated $500 toward the shipping costs for the priority mail boxes.

Working on the project, which Troop 45081 coordinated for other troops as well, was part of the troop’s effort to earn a Bronze Award, the highest that fourth- and fifth-graders can earn. And cookie donations will continue to other charities and organizations.

Lamaye often receives thank you notes from troops and after the boxes were shipped, she received this note from SSgt. Kristen Nickerson at Al Udeid AB in Qatar. “Good Morning, “I just wanted to send a huge thank you all of the amazing care packages and all of the super yummy cookies. The toys and stuffed animals are already being put to use :) Almost everyone in my office now has a stuffed animal perched on their desk, and the Army guys will all be set up on one of the desks.

“We promise to share the cookies (we've already handed off two boxes to some of our communications troops), but we might have to hold on to the toys. The cards are super cute.

“Thank you for all of the awesome work on the cards and boxes. Thank you also for your support and for taking care of us over here. We greatly appreciate it.”

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