While driving home from work one day last week, I happened to glance over at an abandoned gas station and unexpectedly caught sight of two young girls holding signs promoting their group. At first, I was surprised because they looked too young to be the local HS girl’s cheer/volleyball/basketball squad who normally occupy this space to wash cars as a fund raiser. As I drove closer, I discovered that they were actually a troop of Girl Scouts(GS) who had set up a convenient “drive through” cookie store. Clever, why not, I thought! Over the years I have witnessed the Girl Scouts expand beyond the door to door sales of the early years to setting up kiosks at local stores, lunch room displays in the workplace, and even internet sales.

I admit that over the years I’ve consumed my fair share of their cookies. My particular favorite is the tagalong, I could easily eat 3 or 4 with a large, cold glass of milk without batting an eye. That is, until I looked on the side label and became informed as to what I was putting into my body. Here’s a summary of the nutritional value of the cookie(4) portion of my late night snack:

  • 280 calories
  • Fat 18 grams
  • Saturated fat 10 grams
  • Sugar 16 grams

While opening mail later that evening, a pro-life friend had sent me a flyer distributed by an organization called mygirlscoutcouncil.com.

Here are a few facts about the proceeds of cookie sales:

  • A girl’s troop keeps on average just 10 to 20 percent of the money she collects from selling cookies.
  • Local GS councils and GSUSA honor and promote abortion rights advocates and pro-abortion politicians including Nancy Pelosi, Kathleen Sebelius, Wendy Davis, and Elizabeth Warren among many others.
  • Local Girl Scout councils and GSUSA connect girls to resources promoting abortion rights and inappropriate sexual content via official Girl Scout social media accounts.

Due to the relative autonomy of each troop, we need to make sure that the local troop leaders direct the resources and programs presented to the girls are in line with the recommendations of the USCCB.

Just as you watch what foods you consume, making sure you are getting the right physical nourishment, you should also pay attention to the products you purchase to guarantee that they are not a detriment to your spiritual health.

Be an informed consumer!

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