IRONWOOD - A troop of area Girl Scouts' personal assistants was hard at work Thursday morning at the Ironwood Public Safety Department.
A total of 17,424 boxes of Girl Scout cookies arrived, up from 500 and 1,000 boxes from last year, Lisa Spencer said.
Janelle Irwin, of Wakefield, was on hand, assisting and collecting her daughter, Rachel Curry's, 211 boxes of cookies. The girl, 5, exceeded her goal and earned a stuffed panda, as well as the opportunity to see the Lowell Street Band in August, Irwin said.
"The cookies were stacked to the ceiling," Girl Scout Area Manager Gina DeCarlo said. It took the volunteers an hour to unload the truck of cookies, with assistance from area businesses that donated the use of a forklift.
Jeff Ramme, who operated the forklift, and the IPSD volunteered the use of a garage to the effort.
Cookie booths will be available for at least the first couple weekends in March at Super One, Walmart, Family Video, and Kmart, volunteer Tracie Wittla said.
Nationally, Girl Scouts will be marking March 15 as door-to-door selling day, but local troops have not yet decided to participate, Wittla said.
For more information, contact DeCarlo at 932-5076 or visit the website at gsnwgl.org.