Assemblyman Andrew P. Raia (R,I,C,-East Northport) today announced his support for the local initiative “Operation: Cookie”, a program launched by the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County. This program gives Girl Scouts the opportunity to collect boxes of cookies and write letters to send to United States military personnel stationed overseas and wounded veterans in military hospitals. With the support of Long Islanders, more than 2 million Girl Scout cookies have been sent to United States troops overseas and to military hospitals since the launch of the program.
“This program launched by the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County and carried throughout Long Island speaks tremendous volumes to the respect and admiration this organization and its young members have for our troops,” said Raia. “Even at a young age, these girls are able to recognize the importance of supporting our overseas troops and they want to resonate the same feelings within our communities. The small donation that can be made to show appreciation for our troops can have a positive impact for our men and women in uniform, knowing that we appreciate and salute their efforts.”
The Girl Scouts of Suffolk County have partnered with the military and other agencies to distribute the cookies. In recent years, the Girl Scout cookies reached those in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Red Sea, the National Naval Medical Center and Walter Reed Medical Center. Donations start at $14 and checks can be made payable to the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County. For more information, please visit the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County Web site or call Assemblyman Andrew Raia’s office at (631) 261-4151.