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Oodles of Girl Scout cookies arrive (w/video)

By Sonny Long
Jan. 8, 2014 at 7:01 p.m.
Updated Jan. 7, 2014 at 7:08 p.m.

Amanda Avila coordinates pulling boxes of cookies to fill the orders for Girl Scout troops arriving to the River Street location to pick them up for distribution to their troops. A mist hung in the air, but the boxes of Girl Scout cookies were quickly loaded.

GIRL SCOUT COOKIE SALES KEY DATES

Boxes are $4 each. For more information, call 361-573-6451.

• Saturday: Door-to-door sales begin

• Jan. 18-Feb. 23: Booth sales (Wal-Mart, Walgreens)

SOURCE: Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas

Amanda Avila watched as case after case of Girl Scout cookies were unloaded from the back of a tractor-trailer.

"I'm glad it's not as cold as the last couple of days. And the rain has stopped," she said as the boxes were lined up along River Street near the Victoria Service Center.

In all, 3,000 cases of cookies were dropped off in Victoria.

With paperwork filled out and reporting packets picked up, troop leaders and cookie sales managers from the Victoria area's 18 troops lined up and began loading cookies into their vehicles.

Depending on the size of the troops, the number of cookies being picked up varied.

Troop leader Darlene Immekus of Hallettsville Troop 9513 brought a horse trailer to take 350 cases back to Lavaca County.

Rise Konarik, cookie manager for Victoria Troop 9579, loaded its 26 cases into her personal vehicle.

"They've got five minutes to load up and go. Once we get going and get into a rhythm, it goes pretty fast," said Avila, who is in her third "cookie season" as product manager for the Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas.

Avila said there is a new flavor this year.

"The cranberry citrus crisps replace the mango cremes," she said. "It's a little bit healthier cookie with 9 grams of whole grain.

"The most popular cookies are Thin Mints and Caramel deLites."

Avila said selling cookies is a great learning tool for Girl Scouts.

"The cookie sale program is a unique entrepreneurial opportunity designed to teach girls essential skills like goal setting, decision making and financial literacy," she said. "All important aspects of leadership and being successful."

Avila said the money earned goes back to the community for service projects and for trips for the girls.

"It's a really great program. You buy a box of cookies, and the girls gain confidence and all those life skills," she said.

"It's a win-win situation."

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