More Thin Mints for everybody! Girl Scouts cookie sales extended after flu, flooding cut into participation

Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana has extended the time for its annual cookie sales. (File photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)

The flu might get a Girl Scout down but it can’t take away her cookie sales.

Cookie season was set to end Sunday, but it has now been extended through March 18, which gives Girl Scouts two more weekends to meet their cookie-selling goals.

“Each year our girls look forward to the one opportunity when they sell cookies to raise troop funds,” said Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana CEO Sharon Pohly in a news release. “This year parts of our council had a lot of girls come down with the flu, which impacted many of our families and prevented them from participating. We also saw some adverse weather, including severe flooding in Goshen and other places.”

All net revenue raised from cookies sales stays with the local council and troops. Girls use money earned from their cookie business to fund community service projects and learning experiences, such as field trips and travel opportunities, according to the release. Nearly 1 million Girl Scouts nationwide participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program each year.

The cost of a box of cookies in the Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana council is $4. Cookies available include S’mores, Thin Mints, Caramel deLites/Samoas and Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs.

To buy cookies:

• Contact any Girl Scout

• Stop by a cookie booth; find locations near you by using the Girl Scout Cookie Finder at www.gsnim.org

• Download the Girl Scout Cookie Finder app for iOS and Android mobile devices and press “Find Cookies Now.”

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