By Paula NardellaMarch 30, 2009
FORT RILEY, Kan. - For the second year in a row, the Girl Scouts of America and the Warrior Transition Battalion have teamed up for Operation Sweet Treat.
Every year, people get knocks on their doors from girls selling cookies and rush to grab wallets and purses to pull out money for a box or two of their favorites.
For the past two years, the scouts have sold cookies at the Manhattan Town Center Mall and offered customers the option to purchase additional boxes of cookies to give to the WTB or deployed Soldiers.
According to Jocelyn Umberger, marketing manager for the mall, the event started when Manhattan Town Center wanted to do something for deployed Soldiers and wounded warriors. Last year, the cookies went to members of the Combat Aviation Brigade.
"It's a little piece of home," Umberger said.
Charles Jackson, information and referral coordinator for the WTB, who was at the mall when the cookies were sold Feb. 28, said there were between 10 and 15 scouts there and the event went over well.
"I'm looking forward to doing it next year," Jackson said.
Live broadcasts by a local radio station about ever half hour helped, Jackson said, and people came up saying they had heard the broadcast and come to the mall just for Girl Scout cookies.
Many of the scouts said in addition to giving them the chance to work on their badges, Operation Sweet Treat gave them an opportunity to do something good for Soldiers.
On March 19, the 200 extra boxes of cookies customers purchased were delivered to the Soldier and Family Assistance Center on post.
Some of those cookies also will be sent to the 97th Military Police Battalion, which is currently deployed, and transition teams who will be deploying shortly.