Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, and Peanut Butter Patties are back! It’s that time of year again, and Girl Scouts locally and across the country are selling their famous cookies. Saturday, Feb. 9, at around 9 a.m., local Girl Scouts from the Spindletop and Big Thicket service areas received a delivery of 60,000 cookies at Wesley United Methodist Church in Beaumont.
Cookie managers Karen Griffin of the Girl Scouts of America (GSA) Big Thicket group and Mandy Ardoin from the GSA Spindletop group were onsite at the church when the big rig arrived loaded with boxes upon boxes of delicious cookies. The Big Thicket area includes Lumberton, Silsbee, Kountze and Buna, with Evadale soon to be represented. The Spindletop area is made up of Beaumont, Hampshire, Fannett and China.
“This is a really big day for us,” Ardoin said. “There are over 26,000 boxes for Spindletop, and the rest are going to the Big Thicket area.”
Lamar University fraternity members Keatric Bruno and Joseph Mukes from Kappa Alpha Psi, and James Posey, Jacob James, Matt Swain and Adam Morrow from Kappa Alpha and Adam’s cousin Ryan Morrow were there to lend some helping hands to load boxes for folks coming by to pick up their cookie deliveries.
Brownie Mackenzie Graham from Troop 4435 was also on hand to offer her assistance.
“I’m always helping,” she said, smiling. “That’s what we do.”
“She loves to participate and help out,” Ardoin said.
“It is pretty amazing,” Linda Wall, scout mother and local media liaison for GSA, commented, looking at the cookie-laden pallets filling the tractor-trailer. “It’s a lot of hard work, but we have a lot of fun.”
According to the nutrition guide for the cookies, the treats have no trans fat. The Thanks-A-Lot and Thin Mints are now vegan, and GSA recently introduced a new cookie. The Mango Cremes are vanilla and coconut cookies filled with a tangy mango-flavored crème enhanced with Nutrifusion, which is described on GSA’s website as nutrients derived from fruits.
Wall said there is still time to order cookies. The deadline is March 23. You can order boxes of your favorites by calling (409) 832-0556, ext. 102, or going to GSA’s website at www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_cookies/how_to_buy.asp  to find out how to get cookies in your area. You can also add an app to you phone to find cookie booths near you. Wall said the cookie booths will be open on weekends at participating locations. So far, she said Walmart, HEB, Walgreens, Old Navy and Lowe’s will host the booths on upcoming weekends.