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Volunteers at the Thrift Shop have partnered with a local Girl Scout troop to send care packages to Soldiers overseas.

Elaine Macedonia, a longtime volunteer at the shop, said about 15 boxes of toiletry items, supplies and food –including some beloved Girl Scout cookies – were sent to Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan in April.

Thrift Shop volunteers have done similar work in the past through their “Tips for Troops” program, which started about 10 years ago, Macedonia said.

As often as four times a year, money collected by volunteers and shoppers has paid for the purchase of such goodies as crackers, cookies, gum and powdered drink mixes, she said.

When Christine Watson, leader of Girl Scout Troop 18002 of Huntsville, asked if the Thrift Store wanted Girl Scout cookies for Soldiers, “We said bring them on over,” Macedonia said.

Watson said that during the troop’s annual cookie sales, regular customers always donate a few dollars, a few boxes of Thin Mints or Samoas, or an entire case of Girl Scout cookies for Soldiers overseas.

It’s tradition for the Scouts, comprised of teenagers represented Huntsville and Grissom high schools, to remind customers that they’re also running a cookie drive for Soldiers.

A teacher at Willowbrook Wee, a preschool and kindergarten at Willowbrook Baptist Church, Watson tasked her students with making glittery patriotic cards to include in the packages.

“The kindergarteners wrote little notes,” she said. “It was cute.”

Helen Stinson, community assistance chair and board member at the Thrift Shop, said postage for the packages was paid by a past donation from Good Shepherd Catholic Church.

The Thrift Shop at 3209 Hercules Road is known for both good deeds and good deals, and is open to anyone with access to the Arsenal.

Hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m., and the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on the shop, call 881-6992 or visit

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