LIMA — Cookie Monster, eat your heart out.
The Girl Scouts of Western Ohio distributed pallets upon pallets filled with cases of the famous Girl Scout cookies Saturday at Gossards North America on Lima’s East Murphy Street. For this division of the Scouts, consisting of 300 troops spanning a 10-county area around Allen County, Saturday’s distribution is a more effective way of getting the cookies to the individual troops and scouts.
“We started doing the warehouse pickups about eight years ago, where the troops would come in and pick them up,” said Amy Orwick, product sales manager for the Lima Girl Scout office. “It’s a lot more convenient. A lot of our outlying areas will have the cookies delivered to a school, a church, or another location and troops will go there. This is nice because we have the warehouse, so troops can just drive through and pick them up, separate them out and go from there.”
According to Orwick, close to half a million boxes of cookies would be distributed just in this 10-county region. Given the severe weather the area has experienced in recent months, Orwick has been very happy with the sales the Scouts have been able to make.
“We’re right on track for where we want to be,” she said. “Our girls are really resilient. They’re used to seling this time of year, so they know that it comes with the territory. They’re out there toughing it out. They set goals. They want to do community service projects or take a trip, so they know they have to do these things to be able to achieve their goals.”
The fact that Girl Scouts were able to generate strong sales despite the adverse weather is a testiment to the popularity of the cookies, according to Orwick.
“We were very pleased when our initial orders came in,” she said. “The customers want the cookies. The public wants the cookies. We get calls in July asking when we’re selling cookies. People want cookies year-round.”
Scouts Elizabeth Goedde, 18, and Emily Orwick, 15, were on hand to help load cases as troops came in to the warehouse. Scouts since kindergarten, they were happy to help.
“Aside from getting sore, we look forward to this every year,” Goedde said.
“I wouldn’t say it’s the funnest job, but we have fun with it,” Emily said. “We make it fun.”
Opportunities such as this also help the two gain skills and experience while also giving back to the community.
“It’s a lot about community service,” Goedde said. “It also teaches gives us leadership skills.”
“When you go to look for a job, employers will know you’re responsible and have morals, since you’re giving up your time each year to help,” Emily said.
While Saturday’s distribution was limited to the Lima and Shawnee troops, Amy Orwick expects the cookies to be fully distributed throughout the region by later this week.
“We always like tell people who are anxious for their cookies just to give the girls some time to get them delivered,” she said. “They take orders for three weeks, so it takes some time for them to get them out. If we get more snow, that may take them a little longer to get out. But they’ll be there.”