In a showing of troop-to-troop solidarity, the Girl Scouts of Nassau County (N.Y.) recently organized an airlift of Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, and Do-Si-Dos to servicemen and women overseas. Thanks to donations collected through the scouts' Operation Cookie program and transportation provided by DHL, more than 45,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies were delivered to U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Donations allowed the Girl Scouts to send the record number of boxes—containing more than 1 million cookies—to the U.S. troops. In late March, DHL picked up the shipment of treats and delivered them under police escort to DHL's facility at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The cookies then winged their way through DHL's international airfreight system and were delivered to military bases a few days later.
This is the fifth year that DHL has partnered with the Girl Scouts of Nassau County to bring "a taste of home" to the troops. The express carrier has long had an extensive network that includes hard-to-reach locations around the world. DHL Express also donates its services to deliver food and care packages through the Pizzas 4 Patriots and DHL Trees for Troops programs.