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Girl Scout cookie sales suffer in L.A.

March 26, 2009 2:10:42 PM PDT
As the nation grapples with a crippling recession, the Girl Scouts of the USA is struggling to sell its famous cookies as there is less than a week left for the organization's annual cookie drive.This year's lackluster sales could result in deep cuts to Girl Scouts programs here in Southern California.

"People are really supportive of the Girl Scout cookie program and our girls, but I think there's a lot of people struggling this year," said Carol Dedrich of the Girl Scouts of Greater L.A.

Traditionally, the cookies sell by the truckload, but this year, customers are pinching pennies, and that leaves 40,000 boxes of cookies in L.A. still to be sold.

Scout leaders say they anticipated a soft cookie season, so they ordered fewer boxes, but sales this year have really crumbled.

"It is less than last year, we were really conservative in our budget but not enough," Dedrich said.

Proceeds from cookie sales finance all sorts of programs for the Girl Scouts. The girls from troops 301, 632, and 731 in Santa Monica had hoped to use part of the money for a big event in San Francisco.

The girls are fired up to finish with a flourish.

"It's scary in the beginning because you have to get comfortable of talking to people but it gets easier," said Girl Scout Madeline Gunther.

The Girl Scouts of the USA has 3.4 million girl and adult members worldwide, including American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries.


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