There was a mountain of cookies in the Save Mart Center parking lot Sunday. It's called Mega Drop and in a matter of hours Girl Scouts leaders made it disappear.
There were boxes and boxes of cookies stacked high and wide. 200,000 was the educated guess and on Sunday troop leaders drove vans, pickups and trucks to take home the goodies.
Dr. Cathy Ferguson is the CEO of Girl Scouts South. "This is a pretty big deal cause our goal is a million boxes this year and that all takes place in the month of March." Girl Scout troops from all over the Valley came to Fresno to pick up pre–ordered cookies.
Suzette Lassley says her troop from Sanger raised $1,200 dollars from cookie sales last year. "We pay for everything throughout the year that we do with our girls. We pay for their badges, for their trips, for their meetings that we have. We pay for everything."
It takes hundreds of volunteers to make the cookie Mega Drop a success every year. Suzette Llanos is becoming a seasoned veteran volunteer. "It's a lot of hard work. My arms hurt already but it's a lot of fun. This is the third year I've done this."
2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts. Cookie sales make a big difference for all Valley troops. Dr. Cathy Ferguson says it's also a great business learning lesson for the girls. "Girls learn about setting goals, learn about financial literacy, and they learn about working with each other. Toward the goal they learn about business."
If your name isn't on a pre–order list you still have time to load up on cookies. Girl Scouts cookie booths will be popping up around the Valley during March.
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