The 2017 Cookie Sale Service Project recipient is Operation Stand Down Rhode Island. The mission of Operation Stand Down RI (OSDRI) is to help our nation’s veterans secure stable housing and employment as well as other assistance according to their individual needs. GSSNE has specifically designated the U.S. Marine CPL Holly Charette Home in Johnston to be the beneficiary of the 2017 Cookie Sale Community Service Project proceeds. The U.S. Marine CPL Holly Charette Home was opened in July 2010 and is Rhode Island’s only transitional housing option for homeless female veterans. The home is dedicated to Marine CPL Holly Charette who was killed on June 23, 2005 when her convoy was struck by a suicide bomber in the Anbar province of Fallujah, Iraq. Hailing from Cranston, RI, Marine CPL Charette is Rhode Island’s first female killed in Iraq. For more information visit: http://osdri.org/.
Cookie Sale Service Project
A History of Giving Back
The Katie DeCubellis Memorial Foundation was our 2016 service project beneficiary. On August 26th, GSSNE staff presented a check in the amount of $3617.45 to the DeCubellis Foundation, the result of money contributed by troops from our council through a portion of their proceeds from the annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale.
The mission of The Katie DeCubellis Memorial Foundation is to promote youth leadership, to support education and to generate public awareness of the dangers of drunk driving and substance abuse. Katie was killed by a drunk driver at the age of 13. She was a Girl Scout who believed in helping others and making the world a better place. By educating the community about the dangers of drunk driving, Katie's legacy can live on. For more information visit: http://kdmf.org/cms/
In 2015 council-wide service project beneficiary was A Wish Come True Inc. and the council and troops combined donated $6,319.09! The donation helped to grant a wish to a 13 year old girl named Grace, who is also a Girl Scout! She went to NYC and visited the set of the Food Network® show, Chopped. Founded in 1982, AWCT is the oldest wish granting organization in RI. Their mission for the past 35 years has been to grant the wishes of medically qualified children ages 3 through 18 who have a life-threatening illness and live in Rhode Island and areas of southeastern Massachusetts.