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ASBURY PARK, N.J. – More than 130 Girl Scout troops will sell cookies at Wawa convenience stores in Monmouth and Ocean counties in New Jersey, on March 21 and 22, according to a report in the Asbury Park Press.
Girl Scouts will be outside stores from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. "When local businesses like Wawa support Girl Scouts, they're leading by example," Terri Peterson, product sale manager for the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, told the newspaper. "Their generosity empowers our girls to reach their goals and achieve their dreams."
Many of Wawa's charitable endeavors begin at the grassroots level at the store, Wawa executives recently told CSNews Online.
"Booth sales allow girls to learn about the complete business model, from greeting a customer to making change and saying 'Thank you.' They then use the money they earn to fund their activities throughout the year," said Peterson.
These include membership in the Jersey Shore River Runners and the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore's canoe team, as well as educational adventures in Europe. Some girls sell cookies to benefit the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties
"No check from a parent could replace this unique leadership program. Thousands of successful women trace their earliest success to selling Girl Scout cookies," Susan H. McClure, chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, told the newspaper. "Girls who fully participate in this program receive a great foundation for life-long success."