Send Girl Scout cookies to our troops; Win free Disney Cruise from The Weather Channel

I try to keep an eye for out things I think you guys might be interested in. I have two items for you today:

  1. You can donate Girl Scout cookies to our troops overseas online. The Atlanta Girl Scouts Council has a goal to send 650,000 boxes of cookies to U.S. troops overseas. They have until the end of March to read this goal. The cookies are $3.50 a box and you can donate through this Web site. The girls are also sending letters to the troops with each box sold.
  2. The Weather Channel is running a contest to win a free Disney Cruise! I entered last night. The deadline to enter is April 2. Apparently you can enter multiple times and in multiple ways – like through your phone (but not my phone because I still have my old one).

51 comments Add your comment

jan

March 23rd, 2010
2:18 pm

Sending cookies help the troops morale, Nunsman. I have had 2 sons-in-law in the war and one is on his way back for a 2nd tour, this time to Iraq. They love the messages from the states. Last time I looked Girl Scouts didn’t have that authority to send the troops home but I believe they do have the authority to mail cookies. Great idea Girl Scouts, heading to your link now.

Becky

March 23rd, 2010
3:04 pm

Great idea Theresa..I will go on the link and check it out..

@A. Nusman..Didn’t read the part where she said it helps the troops..Yes, I would think that getting shot at or blown up would be good for morale, but something good from home sounds ot be like it would be good also..

Becky

March 23rd, 2010
3:06 pm

Oops..Should say that NOT getting shot at or blown up would be good for morale..

TechMom

March 23rd, 2010
3:29 pm

Boy Scouts have a similar program with their popcorn. I figure it’s an easy way to support my son, his Troop and our men & women serving overseas. I know they appreciate any little piece of ‘home’ they can get.

Becky

March 23rd, 2010
3:44 pm

Theresa, how is your eye?

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

March 23rd, 2010
4:01 pm

@A.Nusman….you know, sometimes when my wife is shoe shopping, she’ll show me two pair of shoes that she can’t decide between and ask me which she should buy…to which I usually tell her “get them both” (especially when one pair is 4″ stilettos, but I digress)… the point I’m trying to make is that sending cookies AND getting involved to get the troops home are NOT mutually exclusive of one another. Quite the opposite, both are admirable and noble. You can do them both and still be true to your convictions.

Becky

March 23rd, 2010
4:04 pm

@A.Nusman..How well is that going in getting them sent home?

@Tiger..You go shopping with your wife? Then you tell her that she can buy two pairs shoes? More and more, you become a man after my own heart..Cooking and shopping..Yummy

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

March 23rd, 2010
4:07 pm

@Becky…the rule for us is that if I have to go shoe shopping, at least one pair has to be one that I REALLY like (read very high heels)…..so when she’s not feeling like getting a pair of CFM pumps….I’m off the shopping hook! ;-)

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

March 23rd, 2010
4:33 pm

Ahh Becky thanks for asking. I went to the eye doctor and I did a foreign body in my eye for more than a week!! I kept washing my eye out with saline but he said it gets a like a vacuum seal on it and that’s why it didn’t wash away. Smallest little think you ever saw but it hurt like crazy. It was up under my eyelid. they’ve got me antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drops to help it seal and prevent infection. I told my boss at the paper I was hoping for one of those doggie cones like out dog had when he cut his eye and Yes I totally would have shared a photo of me in it!!!! But so much better just getting the thing out of my eye!!

Becky

March 23rd, 2010
4:52 pm

@A.Nusman..I wasn’t being flippant, I was serious..I do understand it, I just am not sure that sending an email every day is going to allow them to come home..So, if I sounded snotty, I apologize, that was not my intention..

@Tiger..Understand your logic perfectly..I have several pairs of heels that the hubby picked out for me..

BShepCarlin

March 23rd, 2010
4:54 pm

I’m sorry but I just have to say something to Nusman. Sure, it would be nice to have the troops home, but we will always have troops deployed SOMEWHERE. I have 2 brothers in the military. One just came home from Iraq and the other is getting ready to deploy to Afghanistan. The one who was in Iraq actually wanted to be there, he has always wanted to serve his country. While he didn’t enjoy being away from his new wife and yes, he was homesick, he was filled with pride doing what he has always wanted to do. So get off your liberal high horse and send a solider a bit of home.

motherjanegoose

March 23rd, 2010
5:16 pm

Oh this is too funny. If Theresa ran a story about PBJ sandwiches…someone would be mad.

I was in Minnesota a few weeks ago and spoke to nearly 400 teachers. The reviews were grand but one young man apparently had no fun at all and he let me know on it on his evaluation slip.
Sorry T but we both know you cannot please everyone!

@ A Nusman, while I cannot fathom the sacrifices being made by service personnel, on my behalf, and their families too…I am thankful I live in a free country but wonder how long things will continue this way based on what has happened in the past few days. My husband and father in law both served in the military. I understand the pride of a military family.

I watched a casket come out of a plane I flew on, last week, and the sergeant as he received it. My eyes teared and I said a prayer for the family who would meet their loved one this way.
War is never a good thing and those who think they can solve the world’s problems with a few quick ideas always intrigue me. I am aware that there are things out there that I cannot fathom. I also appreciate being able to sleep safely each night and pursue interests I desire.

motherjanegoose

March 23rd, 2010
5:22 pm

@ A. Nusman…you have got about as much of a chance of stopping the war ( with your e-mails) as your do closing down Disneyworld…maybe you should work on that in your spare time.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

March 23rd, 2010
5:29 pm

@Becky…yep shopping for jeans with the wife, i’m out…..she says “I saw these really cool sky high heels at DSW” and I can’t get her in the car fast enough!

motherjanegoose

March 23rd, 2010
5:31 pm

T…I just ordered 10 boxes of cookies….hope it will brighten someone’s day!

A

March 23rd, 2010
5:34 pm

It’s really refreshing to see a lot of responses saying the best way we can help our brave soldiers is not with cookies, but with bringing them home. I know you mean well Theresa, but when our men and women are in harm’s way 24/7, I don’t see how cookies will help. They need to get out of Afghanistan and Iraq and come home.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

March 23rd, 2010
5:45 pm

@A….I think the thing you’ve overlooked is that nowhere in Theresa’s blog did she mention expressly or implicitly that the purpose of the cookies was to help bring them home. I read it four times and it quite simply never said “help our troops come home with cookies”. It quite simply said there was a push to donate cookies to our overseas troops….nothing more, nothing less.

A

March 23rd, 2010
5:59 pm

Tiger, I didn’t say the cookies would bring troops home. I’m saying the bigger issue is bringing our brave soldiers home. I’m all for taking care of our soldiers while they are away, and if cookies brighten their day, then so be it. But my main point was that several other posters had expressed the feeling that bringing them home is more important than sending them cookies, and I agree with that.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

March 23rd, 2010
6:18 pm

@A….fair enough…I got confused with the statement “I know you mean well…but I don’t see how cookies will help”.

No offense intended if any was taken.

LM

March 23rd, 2010
7:26 pm

My husband is deployed in Afghanistan and he would rather stay deployed and “get the job done” then be returned home so others can feel better. The job is not done and wont be done until the troops get the support and equipment and have time to train and retrain replacements.

I will send cookies, I went to Outback two weeks ago because they advertised that by ordering specific menue items they can support the troops. Last fall Outback and macaroni grill delivered and cooked the best meal for my husband and all the men and women serving at the camp last fall. I will support those who support the troops, I will pray for my husbands safe return and pray for the others serving and their families. The cookies won’t make up for the lack of privacy, being away from family and friends, feeling grimy with the dust/sand/dirt that never seems to come clean, food that is so bland because it has to feed troops from several nationalities. But the cookies along with the dinner by Outback reminds him of home and why he is there.

motherjanegoose

March 23rd, 2010
7:29 pm

LM…a big thanks to you and your husband…you are in my prayers today.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

March 23rd, 2010
8:14 pm

mjg — good job. LM — nicely said.

A

March 23rd, 2010
8:38 pm

No problem, Tiger. And actually I’m all for sending books, DVDs and other diversions to the troops. But I still maintain that the best thing we can do for them is to bring them home and until then just hope for their safety.

Cynthia

March 23rd, 2010
11:14 pm

Nutsman- be quiet! Making Girl Scout Cookies a political thing, please!! There is always someone willing to ruin a good thing. I have volunteered with troop support organizations and they absolutely love getting the cookies. Buy them and send them with love and support!

And I am sending emails daily...

March 24th, 2010
7:07 am

…trying to get this Obamacare thingy repealed immediately….

motherjanegoose

March 24th, 2010
7:33 am

@ and I am sending mails….can I join you? Where do we send?

jan

March 24th, 2010
8:19 am

On the Obamacare thing – our Attorney General does not want to file with the other states. Send him emails. letters and faxes too.
On the cookie thing – lighten up and just send our troops a little cookie support. Disagree with the war all you want but why can’t you send our troops something special to eat. It’s just like donating “a cup of Joe for a Joe” – what’s the big deal with helping someone.

Becky

March 24th, 2010
8:37 am

I do think that a lot of people are missing the point as LM said..Some of the men and women that are in Irag and Afghanistan are there because it’s their job and that want to do the best that they can..I have a coworker whose husband (police officer) is over there and this is his 5th time over there..He goes because he’s dedicated to his job that much..Yes, I would love nothing better than for all of our troops to come home, but as BShepCarlin said, there is always going to be a war somewhere..

@MJG..Like you my family has always been in the military, but I have never been witness to seeing a casket come off of a plane..Heck, I tear up seeing the troops walking around the airport..

Thanks LM, to you and your husband..Actually, thanks to all of our troops..Y’all do something that only y’all can do best..

Well, DUH that the GA Atty General...

March 24th, 2010
8:37 am

…does not want to file with the other states – ol Thurbert, after all, is one of Obama’s guys – and, isn’t he running for governor? This attitude will not win him many additional votes, but it will win with the voters to whom he panders…

motherjanegoose

March 24th, 2010
8:47 am

@ Becky…my blood family had little interest in the military. When I married my husband and became a Navy wife…. l learned a lot. We all make judgment calls about things we know nothing about. Me too.

I observed the flooding in Fargo ND, first hand last week. Previously, I simply read things in the paper while sitting in a comfortable chair in my family room…with little regard to the enormity of the situation.

I also spent a weekend last March in Minnesota, where it was 27 below….never imagined that from my backyard here in GA.

I meet people all the time who blast off about things without actually knowing what is going on.
I have learned more traveling to 49 states than I ever learned in school. I am blessed to see and hear more things than many and realize that there are folks all across our country who have opinions that are just that: opinions.

I find that I learn things every week. Being in the midst of military personnel ( in various locations) tends to give me a glimpse of the pride and loyalty these folks have for our country. Others are just content to take free lunch for their kids….it is heartbreaking and we have mentioned this before.

BlondeHoney

March 24th, 2010
9:18 am

How on earth did the health care bill get dragged in here? You want to blog about that, go over to Bookman or Wooten for heavan’s sake. Having said that, I suppose you want your insurance companies to continue dropping you when you get sick or turm you away for pre-existing conditions. Personally, I don’t but good luck to those of you who do.

On topic…girl scout cookies for the troops are awesome and disney cruise, couldn’t drag me on one.

motherjanegoose

March 24th, 2010
9:48 am

@ BH…my thoughts exactly on the Disney Cruise….haha!

I see Blonde Honey...

March 24th, 2010
10:24 am

…has been drinking the liberal, Obamacare, democratic rhetoric kool aid…do some research – oh yeah, I forgot, you are blonde and, evidently, proud of it…

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

March 24th, 2010
10:25 am

@MJG…you’ve been to 49 states? I never knew…;-)

I see Blonde Honey...

March 24th, 2010
10:26 am

…is evidently blind, too, despite her advanced educational background of which she told us about a couple of weeks ago…

Oh, no Tiger...

March 24th, 2010
10:26 am

…don’t get her started – she only mentions that at least twice a week!!??!?!?!?!

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Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

March 24th, 2010
10:32 am

Just a good hearted joke there.

LM

March 24th, 2010
10:48 am

Thanks all for the prayers and support. I have been very lucky with the ability to have easy contact with my husband, unlike many who have to pay to get internet just to have email or pay for a international phone, my husband has secret (maybe not with me blabbling) skills which allow me to stay in contact.

Last week I had my shoulder replaced, I was able to give my cell phone to a friend waiting at the hospital and she was able to call and give him updates. He has been able to stay involved with me daily as I recover. Earlier this month my daughter had a 20 mm kidney stone, and I was able to keep him in the loop especially when she had complications following lipotrispy.

We talk a lot about support for the troops and I felt I was doing things until I received an email from a friend of a friend. I knew there are working dogs overthere, and knew they were in danger everyday, some just from training in the heat. But it was not until I heard the vet talk about sending the dog home with treats and toys to help it de-stress after an attack, the dog was not wounder that I realized they need support. People send all sorts of things to support the two legged troop. But the 4 legged troops need our support also.

The enemy...

March 24th, 2010
11:00 am

…and you will be the first to cry if those serving fail to defend our honor and freedom…

motherjanegoose

March 24th, 2010
11:07 am

@ tiger…’tis true. Many here do not want to know this but I feel it lends a bit of depth to some of my thoughts. Guess I have not mentioned it enough….:0 I hear the screams now. I have also been to Mexico and Canada but not overseas.

Yesterday, I was waiting in line to check out at store. The lady near the checker ( who was supposed to be working) was on the store phone and blabbing all sorts of personal things very loudly. The lady in front of me said, “Well that is not very professional is it? People are so stupid sometimes.” I mentioned that, “YES people are stupid from coast to coast….I have met just a few of them.” I told her what I do. She replied, “Oh wow…I have not been out of the south and though it was just a southern thing…” HAHA….yes, a few ( southern) posters on this blog could fall into that category ( cannot even come up with their own blog name) but there are others, like you and Wayne and many others here, who can attest that ignorant people live all over the place. Fortunately, there are sensible people out there too and it sometimes balances it out. I love to talk to folks everywhere…you can really learn a lot.

I spoke with a Canadian in Minneapolis ( on Sunday) and we spatted about health care. I told him that I am all for helping folks…just tired of helping those who are content to sit home and not do a thing for themselves. I am talking about those who have never had a job nor any skills to acquire one. I mentioned some of the things I see hear and he was astonished. We shook hands and I wished him well….thanked him for the chat.

motherjanegoose

March 24th, 2010
11:09 am

OH wow…the joke is on me as I did not SEE the sarcasm in your writing…back to work now! Nothing like putting egg all over your own face….I am off to the clean up.

JATL

March 24th, 2010
12:04 pm

Wow -A. Nusman, so in your mind if the troops are going to be there -then they should be as miserable as possible, huh? I’m sure they appreciate your support! I WHOLEHEARTEDLY agree with getting them home as soon as possible, but while they’re there -I think it’s nice to send them things that give them a lift.

JATL

March 24th, 2010
12:35 pm

@ A. Nusman, so the troops shouldn’t be in Afghanistan or Iraq, but I should be in hell because you cannot clearly state what you mean without posting 5 or 6 times. Interesting. Perhaps the sole reason they are NOT home is that all of your campaigning to Congress and the government hasn’t been clear to them either.

No, I don’t think Girl Scout Cookies will bring them home, and I would love to see them home. As far as fighting a war, this country has a long, deadly history of sending our troops places where they’re not fighting wars,yet they’re getting killed. Still, there’s nothing wrong with sending care packages to try to give them a little pleasure, and someone simply trying to inform others about this option isn’t necessarily happy that they’re in harm’s way. Many of us do quite a bit to try and get them out of Iraq and Afghanistan, we just happen to understand that until they are home, little things mean a lot.

DB

March 24th, 2010
12:39 pm

OH, FOR GOD’S SAKE — IT’S A FREAKIN’ COOKIE! Send the guys some cookies, already, and stop grousing that they are there in the first place.

The blog wasn’t about poltiical activism — it was about showing support and appreciation to those men who have NO control over where the military sends them. They are there, a long way from home, family, and little Girl Scouts banging on their doors selling cookies, but you know — they would REALLY LIKE A COOKIE. So A. Nusman, go write your emails — they won’t do any good, goodness knows 65% of Americans who didn’t want national health insurance sure didn’t get their wishes, either — and tell me how that useless email is going to make some 19 year old stuck in Baghdad feel better than getting a box of Trefoils or Samoas.

Do what you can with what you have. I can send cookies. Done deal.

JATL

March 24th, 2010
12:48 pm

And send them some Pop Tarts, Granola Bars, dried fruit, nuts, crossword puzzles, magazines, chapstick, paperbacks, wet wipes and heavy-duty lotion while you’re at it!

DB

March 24th, 2010
1:30 pm

@JATL: Haha, true, that!

LM

March 24th, 2010
1:51 pm

Flavored mixes to add to bottle water are a huge hit.

Things that can melt (chocolate bars) don’t work well.

Where my husband is stationed they have a box of things families and friends have sent that they don’t need so they toss it in the communal box in case someone else might need it. I sent lots of different flavored drink mixes knowing my husband would not like them all.

jan

March 24th, 2010
5:20 pm

Now we are all on the same page except for . Nusman. Send care pkgs to the troops. What’s wrong with them receiving some support from home. No one is asking you to support the wars, we are asking you to support the men and women who are sacrificing so much to receive so little, A BOX COOKIES. GEEEEEEZZZZZZZ

Smoked Oyster

March 24th, 2010
7:51 pm

Uh…I have been reading these posts and I can’t see where a nusman said NOT to send cookies. They said not to stop at sending cookies to support the troops.