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Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama will kickstart its cookie season with drive-thru event

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Alabamians with a sweet tooth may purchase Girl Scout cookies for the first this spring on Friday.

The Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama will host two drive-thru events at their Mobile and Montgomery offices from 6 a.m. until 1 p.m. Volunteers will sell eight different types of cookies including this year’s latest Adventureful. The Adventureful is a brownie-inspired cookie with notes of caramel and sea salt. Residents may receive a box of Adventurefuls for free with a five-box purchase. This offer lasts until 9 a.m.

Chief Development Officer Alicia Schneider said residents who purchase cookies do more than stock up on sweets. Schneider said they are benefiting the state’s many first responders.

“These girls sell these cookies to give back to their communities, and there are girl scouts across southern Alabama who are constantly giving back,” Schneider said. “Giving back to local fire departments, hospitals, you name it. Community service is really at the core of what Girl Scouts is about.”

Not only do cookie sales benefit other community members, but Schneider said they benefit the volunteers and girl scouts too.

“It's an opportunity to really talk about what the cookie program is and what it means for the girls and what it means for the community,” Schneider said. “When you purchase girl scout cookies, it is an opportunity for these girls to really learn valuable skills such as people skills, money management [and] goal setting skills.”

The organization reports that it will follow standard safety protocols to prevent the spread of coronavirus. All volunteers will wear masks and sanitize their hands regularly when handling payments.

This is the only scheduled drive-thru day open to the public this spring. However, cookie booths will open this weekend and run until the first week of March.

Residents not interested in buying cookies may still benefit the organization in other ways. The organization’s Hometown Heroes project collects monetary donations from donors and gives cookie boxes to the state’s many first responders including police officers, firefighters, hospital workers and teachers. Donations may be made in person at one of its many office locations or on its website.

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