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Everyone’s favorite tiny solicitors are back: It’s Girl Scout cookie season.
Mid-day Saturday a group of brownies, juniors, and one cadet laughed as they ran from house to house in the River Bluff subdivision in Jacksonville, knocking on doors and bringing sugary smiles.
“This is the official start of cookie season,” said Molly Epps, the leader of Troop 526.
From now until Jan. 21, the girls will be partaking in “walkabouts” where they go door-to-door before breaking out the booths to set up at local shopping centers, Epps said. She has two current Girl Scouts — Kacie, a brownie, and Zoey, a junior — and has a third that will be joining the ranks soon.
Epps said she loves having her girls in it together.
“It gives the sisters something in common to do,” she said.
But it’s also hard with the cookie sales, Epps continued. They split the sales between them to make it fair but it means they don’t each get as many sales as they would alone.
All of the girls, including Junior Jocelyn Carson and sisters Brownie Kaily and Cadet Samantha Bliss, took turns at houses, grabbing box upon box from their packed cookie carts that their mothers toted for the younger girls while Jocelyn and Kaily pulled theirs behind them.
Jocelyn said going door-to-door is better, in her opinion, than standing at booths. She gets to see a lot of people and houses she otherwise might not.
“Maybe you meet some more friends,” Jocelyn added.
It also helps her connect with her fellow scouts, Jocelyn said. She’s a big fan of cookie season, snacking on a Caramel deLite before starting out in the cold, and said she loves eating them as much as selling them.
Robert Downing succumbed to a couple of boxes, one Caramel deLite and one Peanut Butter Patties box. Downing said he’s always pretty excited for the season.
“You guys are everywhere,” Downing said to the girls.
The Peanut Butter Patties are his favorite, like a Reece’s with a cookie crunch, he said. The box he bought Saturday likely won’t be his last this year.
“I’ll probably get some throughout the season,” Downing said.
Jaclyn Carson, who bundled up for the walk but mostly let her daughter Jocelyn work it on her own, encouraged everyone to eat more cookies.
Girl Scout cookies will be sold from now until March 11 locally and can be purchased in person or online at GirlScouts.org if you know a local girl to order from. GirlScouts.org also has an app and options online for finding nearby booths and planned selling events.
Not interested in the cookies but still want to support the cause? Carson said donations can be made to the girls between now and March 4. The total donations are reported at the end for Operation Cookie Drop, which delivers cookies to the USO in Jacksonville and Raleigh, Cherry Point, and a few other places for distribution to military members.
This year, the Girl Scouts hope to have 1 million boxes donated.
Carson knows how much it means first-hand, because when she was a Marine sergeant, Carson received a shipment while serving in Iraq in 2005.
“(It was) really nice to have a little piece of home when you’re so far away,” she said.
Reporter Amanda Thames can be reached at 910-219-8467 or Amanda.Thames@JDNews.com