PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Once again, it’s Girl Scout cookie season!

The Girl Scouts of America are kicking off their national cookie sale in the city where the annual fundraiser first began.

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“The Girl Scouts have been selling commercially baked cookies since 1934, and believe it or not, Philadelphia was the first place where we sold commercially baked cookies,” explained Natalie Paquin, CEO of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Girl Scouts.

“Every cookie has a mission,” Paquin told KYW Newsradio on Dilworth Plaza outside City Hall, “and that mission is to send a girl to camp, to help her with a robotics program or to participate in some of our environmental programs.”

Monica Maury is a Girl Scout leader in Southeastern Pennsylvania.  She says money from the sale of cookies goes to an especially good cause:

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“To raise money for our program called ‘Girl Scouts Behind Bars,’ where we work with girls whose parents are behind bars.”

Cookie sales run through March.

Reported by Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio 1060.


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