Care Packages Cater
To Soldiers' Sweet Teeth
By Annemarie Mannion
Tribune staff reporter
April 5, 2007
Members of the military who have been missing out on munching Thin
Mints and other Girl Scout cookies will soon be able to indulge their
taste for those sweets, thanks to Operation Care Package and the Girl
Scouts of Fox Valley Council 160.
The Scouts collected about 2,500 boxes of the sweet treats to be sent
by Operation Care Package to troops serving in the United States and
The Joliet-based, non-profit organization has a list of 1,200 soldiers
and 150 units to which it sends care packages that include such items
as hygiene products, socks, batteries and snacks. It usually sends
about 140 care packages a week.
"Our goal is to reach troops that don't get mail but we will send to
anyone" [in the military], said Debbie Smothers, a founder of Operation
Volunteers this week packed the donated cookies. The boxes were
collected as the girls conducted their annual cookie sale.
"They'd ask people buying them if they wanted to buy an extra box to
donate to the troops," said Smothers.
The Scouts exceeded their mission. Smothers said she asked for 1,200
boxes of cookies and got about 2,500.
For information on Operation Care Package, call 815-723-6960 or visit