Linn County Girl Scouts will be out in force for the next few weeks as they continue their annual cookie sale which began Feb. 15.
And for the first time customers at Albany’s Heritage Mall ware getting the chance to pick from the eight different varieties the scouts offer. The Mall has opened its door for the scouts, who are located in their own kiosk near the customer service booth in the food court.
According to Betsy Penson, the Mall’s new general manager, it is part of an increased effort under new management to take part in community activities.
“It made a lot of sense for Heritage Mall to do this,” Penson said. “I’m a cookie mom and this is good for me because I’m addicted to the Trefoils. I think it’s great to offer our guests the opportunity to satisfy their cookie craving.”
The Girl Scouts will be at the Mall on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of each week throughout the sales campaign which runs through March 10.
According to Jill Rankin, co-director of product sales for the Linn County Girl Scouts, about 250 girls will be selling cookies at 17 locations. In addition to the mall, the girls will be set up at Fred Meyer in Albany, Safeway in Albany, Lebanon and Sweet Home, and at Albertsons, Mega Food, Coastal Farm, Walmart and Walgreens in Albany and Lebanon.
Girl Scouts first began selling cookies in 1917 and as a whole it is the largest fundraising activity for the group nationally.
Cookies will be selling for $4 a box and include Savannah Smiles, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, Samoas, Dulce de Leche, Thank You Berry Much, Tag a Longs and Thin Mint.
The theme for this year’s cookie sales campaign is “Girls Can Do A World of Good”.
“This is a wonderful way to establish good community relations,” Penson said. “We’d love to bring the girl scouts more business.”