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Girl Scouts to host reception for military

LILBURN - "It is truly appreciated to have a little bit of home to enjoy," Lt. Col. Roberta Samuels wrote in a thank you note.

Col. Phil Tullar had similar sentiments to convey via e-mail: "My Soldiers are busy everyday and miss home terribly, especially around the holidays, but knowing ya'll care really means a lot. Your package helped bridge the 7000 mile gap between Kuwait and the United States, and helped bring a little home, to all of us."

These correspondences are two of many that have come from U.S. military personnel stationed overseas who received Girl Scout cookies courtesy of Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Troop 1888 of Lilburn, which helped to round up donations of more than 6,000 boxes for troops.

Troop members will celebrate their accomplishments with a Taste from Home, a reception where the Girl Scouts will meet military personnel who received their cookies, including three soldiers stationed in Kuwait who are home on leave and a few soldiers from Fort Gillem in Forest Park, where the cookies were sent before making their way overseas. Letters and photos from troops will be displayed throughout the Lilburn City Hall Auditorium as light refreshments are served and those who attend are invited to commit to participating in next year's cookie drive for troops.

The Girl Scouts in Troop 1888 have set a goal to collect donations to send 10,000 cookies to deployed troops next year.

Troop members have already sought out business on Main Street in Lilburn to donate to the drive.

"We've already gone around and gotten over $1,000 to buy boxes (of cookies)," said troop member Danni M.

Local military personnel and their families are invited to attend the reception, as well as anyone who would like to sign up to donate for next year's drive. For more information on Taste from Home, call Roxanne Lau at 678-886-1503.

SideBar: If you go

What: Taste from Home celebration

When: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Lilburn City Hall Auditorium, 76 Main St., Lilburn

For more information: Call Roxanne Lau at 678-886-1503