Fort Campbell soldiers may find themselves in need of some extra PT to burn off 70,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies delivered to the post last week.

Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee donated the cookies through its Gift of Caring program, in partnership with Hugs for Our Soldiers, a nonprofit that supports troops serving overseas, according to a news release.

The 70,000-box donation is the culmination of a record-breaking cookie season for the Council, which for the first time ever sold more than 2 million boxes of cookies.


“We are so appreciative of our partnership with Girl Scouts and how it has grown over the last 10 years,” Kathy Orcutt, founder of Hugs for Our Soldiers, said in the release. “Not only were we able to give every soldier at Fort Campbell a box, this donation allowed us to pass cookies on to USO, reservists, National Guard members, and many will be shipped to our troops overseas.”

Orcutt founded Hugs for Our Soldiers in 2003 while living with her family in Duluth, Georgia at the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The all-volunteer organization, now based in East Tennessee, supports all branches of service and has touched the lives of over 350,000 servicemembers through its programs, the release said.


“Our visits to Fort Campbell have become an annual highlight since we began partnering with Hugs for Our Soldiers,” Tracy Tudder, manager of Product Programs for Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, said in the release. “A spirit of service infuses every aspect of Girl Scouting, and we are honored to be able to support our men and women in uniform through the cookie program.”

Girl Scouts worked alongside several Fort Campbell brigades on April 12 to unload and sort the cookies.