“It made me feel like I was doing something to make the veterans feel happy, to let them know there are people out there that care about them and want to help them” noted Lilianna Giannone from Girl scout Troop 20122, who helped deliver Girl Scout Cookies to the VA in New Jersey in April 2023.
Continuing to showcase the Sons of the American Legion Detachment of New Jersey Children and Youth Commission’s commitment to two of the four pillars of the American Legion – Children and Youth, and Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation – we will be conducting our highly successful “Cookies for Vets” program for the third year in a row.
Last year’s “Cookies for Vets” project, carried out in April which is National American Legion Children and Youth Month, put over $2,200 worth of Girl Scout Cookies into the hands of veterans who are short- or long-term residents of VA facilities in NJ. A key component of the project is to have the Scouts again deliver the cookies and chat with the vets in-person, so they can see where the cookies go, and bring a little sunshine into the day of the residents of VA Lyons and East Orange. Girl Scouts, as well as our young Sons, took time from their spring breaks the past two years to deliver the cookies to staff at the hospitals who graciously accepted the donations of the cookies.
Last year’s program also received nation-wide new coverage via legion.org, News 12 NJ, and various local outlets. An article from last year’s program is available on Legiontown, USA - http://www.legiontown.org/sonsmembership/10616/new-jersey-sals-cookies-vets-program-gives-over-2000-cookies-va-vets
“It's important for us to honor and serve our country's veterans as well as to take time to lift their spirits by delivering GS cookies”, said then 10-year old Girl Scout Troop 20122 Junior Eliana Spangle, who helped make the April 2002 delivery to the East Orange, NJ campus of the VA.
What we are asking of you is to make a donation to this program – cookies on average are $5 a box – with our goal to raise at least $2,500 so we can deliver around 500 boxes to the two veteran’s hospital locations. Please consider making a donation of whatever you or your organization is comfortable with, and when we publish a release following the cookie delivery, we will credit you or your organization as donors. Should you wish to make a donation, please let me know - a check can be made out to Girl Scout Troop 20122, and sent to the address at the top of this letter … or a donation can be made via Venmo @sal105NJ. The deadline to place the cookie orders is January 31, 2024.
Many thanks, and I look forward to “making our vet’s day a little sweeter!”
Russell “Rusty” Myers III Children and Youth Commission Chairman, 2023-2024 Sons of the American Legion, Detachment of New Jersey