Every time I see Girl Scouts posted up to sell their Girl Scout cookies, I like to cut my calories in half. For every box that I buy for myself, I donate a box to Operation Cookie Drop.
Operation Cookie Drop is a program whereby you can buy a box of cookies that is sent to troops overseas.
Jaycie Wakefield works with the Girl Scouts of America. She is proud to participate and promote Operation Cookie Drop because she knows how important it is for military personnel, far away from home, to receive a little somethin-somethin’ from home.
Her brother, Aaron told stories about little kindnesses received along the way, were so appreciated. Of course there were care packages sent from home and support from the USO along the way, but all in service so much appreciated the things that showed up as an unexpected display of gratitude.
For instance, if a church sent a care package, Aaron’s share might only include 5 cookies, a candy bar and a lollipop, but it meant so much and was so appreciated, to know that someone out there cared. The little things are so meaningful, when you’re isolated, involved in activities that most people would not volunteer for.
Yesterday, I was walking into the Safeway, and I was greeted by a group of Girl Scouts selling cookies. I told them, I would stop by on the way out to buy cookies. After shopping, I stopped by and asked the girls if they knew about Operation Cookie Drop? They had no idea what I was talking about.
After I explained the program to them, I helped them set up a box and make a little sign for Operation Cookie Drop, and I seeded the box with 5 boxes of cookies.
Now, when people walk by those girls, they will have the option to send a little somethin-somethin’ to the troops, whether they buy cookies for themselves, or not.
Jaycie’s brother was 20 years old in 2009 when he came back from Afghanistan, his flight landed in Dover, instead of sitting in a seat, he traveled in a flag-draped box.
Knowing that the little expressions of gratitude meant so much to Aaron, Jaycie enthusiastically supports Operation Cookie Drop.
To tell you the truth, I’m a little cookied-out, but I will always stop to send a few boxes to Aaron’s distant brothers-in-arms knowing that the smallest gesture can make a difference in someone’s day.
I have a sincere compassion for all who answer the call and serve on the behalf of the rest of us, risking all. I honor each and every person in service, those that have served and those, like Aaron, who have paid the ultimate price.
I am so proud of my daughter, Jaycie, who continues to help make the world a better place in so many ways, including her work with the Girls Scouts.
Maybe next time, when you encounter Girl Scouts selling cookies, you’ll think about sending a box of cookies to the troops in tribute to Aaron and all others have given all, to make someone – who is still giving – appreciate being appreciated, making their day just a little brighter.
And remember, it doesn’t take much (and there are so many ways that you could show a little kindness – not just via Operation Cookie Drop). Continue to support these individuals in service, regardless of your personal beliefs because they are standing in the gap for us. A little something means so much.
God bless you for blessing them.