Operation Salute Brings Cookies to Military Families

“It’s a great opportunity to let our military from across the state of Ohio know how very much our Girl Scouts, and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, and our country appreciates their service and their dedication.” 1

Jessica Martin, Product Program Director

Loading vehicles with tons of cookies is no easy feat, however, it’s for a wonderful cause. We adore our servicemen and women of the United States Military, and we want to show them appreciation. So how do we do that? The Girl Scouts’ way, of course, with delicious cookies!

For eight years, Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland has been serving the MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation) whose mission is to provide military families with strong support and prioritize mission-ready military men and women.

In honor of Military Appreciation Month, the DSCC (Defense Supply Center Columbus) MWR’s annual Operation Cookie Drop distributes hundreds of cases of Girl Scout cookies. Each May, the cookies are donated by the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland. 

Operation Cookie Drop is a partnership between Morale, Welfare and Recreation and the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland.

With this donation system, we are the recipients of a significant amount of cookies that we then distribute across units in Ohio. Our units are sectors throughout Ohio that we service.

“We encourage our girls to obtain donation packages from customers called Operation Salute. We can donate cookies through them. Our girls have collected and sold from their customers, and then they can make those donations through the various units here. We’ve been doing this for about eight years, and we’ve grown.” 2

This year, the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland, DSCC (Defense Supply Center Columbus), with the Morale, Welfare and Recreation, distributed 1300 cases of cookies to about 5,600 service members throughout Ohio. Our servicemen and women have done so much for our country, and it’s time to give back. The joy and happiness that our military soldiers received is in a word, sweet.

“I can’t say enough of the support and actual pleasure that I get from helping soldiers and working with the people in MWR that are out here. I’m sure the Girl Scouts are not getting paid for this. And they’ve donated all this stuff for my soldiers, and it’s just my way of saying thank you to them from myself and the commander for doing that.” 

Command Sergeant Major Denver Stone of the 63rd Quartermaster Battalion, US Army Reserve

1 Jessica Martin, Product Program Director at Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland

2 Jessica Martin, Product Program Director at Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland

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