For many serving overseas, life just got a little sweeter

Scouts Grace and Abigail Myers

Let’s be real for a moment — is there an American who doesn’t like one type or all of the cookies the Girl Scouts sell? We’d venture to say no one has ever said, “I don’t even like those cookies.”

Now just imagine having no access to them because you’re overseas, serving our nation.

Well, to combat that, American Legion Post 105 and Sons of the American Legion Squadron 105 of Belleville made the days of a lot of people a bit sweeter by buying and donating 120 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to ship to overseas-deployed troops and veterans in the area and around the state.

As they do every year, Girl Scouts around the country sell cookies as their biggest fundraiser. This is the case for Girl Scout Troops 20122 and 20462, both of Nutley, who have sold cookies for the past four years at Post 105. One of the options each year for anyone buying cookies is to donate boxes to be sent to deployed troops.

Since 2018, the Post 105 family has annually voted on buying and donating cookies to send to those in uniform who can’t be home during cookie season. This year, in their largest donation yet, SAL 105 voted to double their purchase from last year, buying four cases for troops — 48 boxes of cookies — which ended up costing over $200.

American Legion Post 105 generously matched that donation, bringing it to eight cases overall.

In addition to that donation, SAL 105 purchased an additional $200 worth of cookies for a project run by SAL 105 Adjutant Rusty Myers, who is also the SAL Detachment of NJ Children and Youth Commissioner, which will be completed this month during American Legion Children and Youth month.

Scouts from both Nutley troops, in addition to other local Girl Scout troops, will be delivering those cookies to veterans at VA hospitals and facilities throughout Essex County and New Jersey.

“The hope is that each bite of a Somoa or a Trefoil cookie reminds the troops of how much the American Legion 105 family appreciates and values what they do,” Myers said.

Girl Scout Junior Grace Myers of Troop 20122 and Cadette Abigail Myers of Troop 20462 accepted the donation in late January, while also making the rounds selling cookies to everyone else at the Post.

“There is no shortage of people who look forward to getting their cookies each year, as well as no shortage of people who are generous enough to donate cookies to the serviceman on their own,” Myers said.

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