Local Girl Scouts are getting praise for helping troops all over the world enjoy a taste of home.
On May 4, a member of the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona will receive a special plaque for helping send 18,600 boxes of cookies to men and women in uniform through the Troop to Troop program.
It gives girls, their troops, and people in Southern Arizona the opportunity to donate boxes of cookies in partnership with Operation Gratitude, an organization that seeks to lift morale in the military community.
One cookie customer is Patricia Wilkerson. He brother-in-law is Yaphet Echaverria, a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army who stated in a Facebook post that he wanted shortbread cookies. Wilkerson contacted a junior named Corina Leyva to supply Echaverria and his squadron with cookies.
After sending off a shipment to Iraq, Echaverria contacted Wilkerson to let her know how much the cookies meant to him and his squadron. Leyva will be receiving a commemorative plaque from Echavarria's squadron with a photo of the U.S. and Afghanistan flags and handwritten notes to show their gratitude.
Wilkerson will be presenting the plaque to Leyva at the annual 500 Club, a celebration for girls who sold more than 500 boxes.
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