OTM: 198,470 boxes donated in 2014
Celebrating our decade-long partnership with USS Midway
Thank you to all who participated in our 13th annual Operation Thin Mint® Sendoff on May 3. This was our 10th consecutive year of partnering with USS Midway! A cheering crowd of 2,600 gathered on the historic ship’s flight deck as Girl Scouts revealed that San Diegans donated 198,470 boxes of cookies for deployed U.S. military troops.
Military dignitaries and other VIPs saluted our top cookie sellers — the 31 Girl Scouts who sold 2,014 or more boxes in 2014 — during a ceremony emceed by Star 94.1’s Delana Bennett. Guests of honor included U.S. Congressman Juan Vargas, BGen James W. Bierman, Jr. (Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot), RADM Patrick J. Lorge (Commander, Navy Region Southwest) and USS Midway Museum President/CEO Mac McLaughlin (RADM
USN, Ret.). They were joined on stage by Girl Scouts San Diego Board Chair Debbie Rider and CEO, Jo Dee C. Jacob.
The action-packed morning featured an all-woman joint service color guard, skydivers, Uncle Sam on stilts and our top cookie sellers arriving and departing by helicopter. A Coast Guard helicopter airlifted a pallet of Thin Mints from the flight deck to demonstrate how cookies are delivered to some ships.
All sendoff attendees — including Girl Scouts who spent the night on the Midway during our first-ever OTM sleepover — had the opportunity to personally thank military troops for their service to the U.S. and to write messages of support to accompany the cookies. Guests also donated 100 pounds of goods for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.
San Diego Girl Scouts began Operation Thin Mint® in 2002 to give deployed U.S. military troops “a taste of home and a note to show we care.” Since then, U.S. Navy, Marine, Army, Air Force and National Guard troops stationed in Africa, Iraq, Afghanistan, Japan and Korea, and aboard ships around the globe, have received nearly 2.5 million boxes of Girl Scout cookies and countless handwritten notes of support from San Diegans.
Wells Fargo was the event’s “Five-Star General” sponsor, with Four-Star General sponsor Cox Communications, USS Midway Museum, Star 94.1 and KOGO also providing key support.