Girls scouting the area for cookie sales

It is Girl Scout Cookie Time in Western New York and scouts are very busy selling Girl Scout Cookies.

The door to door sales are off to a slow start due to the frigid temperatures and wind chills the area has been experiencing. The girls have set cookie sale goals and are reaching them in part through telephone sales and CoCo Command.

CoCo Command is the latest in technology for Girl Scouts. This application is available from the cookie supplier, America’s Best Cookies. The girls download it onto their ipods, ipads and iphones and then can e-mail their cookie customers about the cookie sale and the varieties of cookies. In addition, girls can keep track of their cookie goals and their sales. It has proven to be a useful tool for the girls this winter. Customers who provide an e-mail address to a Girl Scout will receive an e-mail the first day of the sale next year.

There is still time to order Girl Scout cookies. Customers can contact the Girl Scout Council in Jamestown at 665-2225. Dunkirk and Fredonia customers can call 785-6180 where an answering machine is set up to take orders. The girls will call back to confirm the order and set up a delivery time and date. Cookies will also be available at cookie booth sales throughout March at Walmart, 10401 Bennett Road. Sales will be held on Saturdays from about 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sundays from about 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

All available varieties of cookies are still $3.50 a box. Those being sold are: cranberry citrus crisps, caramel de lites, lemonades, peanut butter sandwich, peanut butter patties, shortbread, thanks-a-lots, and thin mints. To view pictures and descriptions of the cookies, go to www.gswny.org or find a Girl Scout with a sales sheet.

The proceeds from the annual sale help the Girl Scouts maintain area camps and also make programs available for local girls.

The Girl Scouts are also promoting the cookie share program. Cookie share, also called Cookies on a Mission, is a partnership between Girl Scouts of Western New York and the Army, Air Force, and Navy to provide Girl Scout cookies to men and women of the United States Armed Forces overseas and here in Western New York. It is a nice way to remember the military, to thank them for their service and to supply a taste of home. Last year Girl Scouts donated more than 7100 boxes to U.S. service men and women. Customers can purchase cookies during the door to door sales and at booth sales.