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OPINION: It’s Girl Scout Cookie season!

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Managing Editor

Every year, there are weather seasons, holiday seasons and sale seasons.

Perhaps one of the tastiest is Girl Scout Cookie season!

Troops in the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama Council will kick of sales March 6.

Local Troop 337 will start off the season with a drive-through event at Willow 31 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. that day.

My favorite Girl Scout cookie is the peanut butter chocolate Tagalongs.

When I worked for a newspaper in Tennessee, one of the employees was connected with one of the groups that always helped sell the cookies. A couple of times one of the editors would buy several boxes and set them out for the newsroom to enjoy.

Soon the tables with Girl Scouts and troop leaders sitting behind them would appear outside the local Walmart. A strategic placement that many troops have seemed to adopt throughout the country.

A complete list of spots local Girl Scouts will be is available at girlscouts.org by typing in one’s zip code. Oh, and you can look up all the different kinds! (A new cookie in the shape of French toast is being released in a few areas for the first time this year.) Some regional troops even have shipping options available.

The fundraising model of having something that is only available at a certain time of year gives the cookies an exclusivity that I think has helped sales by creating an excitement around the product.

More important than how the cookies taste is what buying a box of cookies means for local girls. The cookie campaign raises funds troops need to be able to keep doing fun and educational activities. Being a part of raising these funds means girls learn about perseverance, determination, goal setting, customer service, money management and responsibility.

So, if that box of Girl Scout cookies seems to be calling your name, remember it’s for a good cause, so it’s OK to indulge.