Girl Scout cookie sales start Sunday

Top three individual Girl Scout cookie sellers, clockwise from the top, Tiffany Itz, 12, Shanna Moore, 12, and Emilia Ureste, 15, are ready to start selling again on Sunday. This year the cookies will be available at the time of purchase.
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You can have your cookie and eat it, too.

The annual Girl Scout cookie sale begins Sunday and this year, the scouts will have cookies in hand when a purchase is made.

Tiffany Itz plans to get out her little red wagon, fill it with boxes of cookies and make sales calls in her neighborhood.

The 12-year-old sixth-grader sold 596 boxes in 2010.

Her fellow scouts in Troop 9540, Shanna Moore and Emilia Ureste, both sold more than 1,000 boxes last year, tops in the Victoria area.

The girls' troop, a member of the Girl Scouts of Great South Texas Council, is one of 65 served by the Victoria Service Center.

Shanna, a 12-year-old seventh- grader, sold 1,016 boxes last year and Emilia, a 15-year-old in the ninth grade, sold 1,001. Shanna was also the sales leader in 2009.

"You have to be outgoing and put yourself out there and be friendly," said Shanna, who also said the cookie sales help teach business and math skills.

Emilia agreed it was a learning experience.

"You learn how to stick with something," she said. "You have to stick with it and go strong the whole time."

Terry Blevins, director of volunteer services, said, "Our cookie sale is actually a learning program, not necessarily a fund raiser, even though the troops fund their troop needs through the sale.

"The girls learn goal setting, meeting deadlines, proper etiquette to use in the public and how to run a business," Blevins said.

"After all that, they plan the best way to spend the money. Troops also use part of their profits to plan and carry out service projects within their community. It is totally Girl Scout led."

Booth sales will begin Jan. 21.

Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas serves 17,000 girls in 26 counties with service centers in the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo, Corpus Christi and Victoria.