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 For the 10th year, Elizabeth Popovich, of Macomb Township, is working on her special project, “Cookies 4 Troops.” Donations will be used to send Girl Scout cookies to troops via the nonprofit Soldiers’ Angels.

For the 10th year, Elizabeth Popovich, of Macomb Township, is working on her special project, “Cookies 4 Troops.” Donations will be used to send Girl Scout cookies to troops via the nonprofit Soldiers’ Angels.

Photo provided by Glenn Oswald


Macomb Township teen supports troops with cookies

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published February 12, 2020

 Since the inaugural fundraiser, Elizabeth Popovich has raised $169,240, enough to send 42,310 boxes of cookies to troops. In 2019, she racked up $34,000 in donations, good for about 8,500 boxes.

Since the inaugural fundraiser, Elizabeth Popovich has raised $169,240, enough to send 42,310 boxes of cookies to troops. In 2019, she racked up $34,000 in donations, good for about 8,500 boxes.

Photo provided by Elizabeth Popovich

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Elizabeth Popovich is once again on a mission to help Michigan military personnel.

For the 10th year, the 17-year-old Dakota High School junior is working on her special project, “Cookies 4 Troops.”

Popovich, a member of Troop 75924 based in Macomb Township, said her goal is to collect as much money as possible.

Donations from “Cookies 4 Troops” will be used to send Girl Scout cookies to troops via the nonprofit Soldiers’ Angels, with 100% of donations going toward cookie purchases for the military.

“It is important our soldiers know we are thinking of them and how much we appreciate their service,” Popovich said. “Sending Girl Scout cookies is a wonderful way to honor our brave men and women in our military overseas.”

In her first year of fundraising for the troops, Popovich raised $1,128, which enabled her to send 282 boxes to soldiers. The support for troops has steadily increased over the years.

Popovich, of Macomb Township, began sending the cookies in 2010 when a column was added to the Girl Scouts’ order form for cookies that asked buyers if they would like to donate to send cookies to soldiers. She quickly began reaching out to local businesses to see if they would like to participate.

“Over the last nine years, I’ve met a lot of people who’ve received the cookies and they’ll tell me how much it meant to get cookies,” Popovich said. “They get things from family and friends, but they said that getting something unexpected from people they don’t know helped keep them going.”

Her father, David Popovich, said the project in the first year was called “Troops to Troops.”

Since the inaugural fundraiser, Elizabeth has raised $169,240, enough to send 42,310 boxes of cookies to troops.

In 2019, Elizabeth racked up $34,000 in donations, good for about 8,500 boxes.

Upon receiving the cookies, military personnel have expressed their gratitude, with Popovich getting notes arriving from soldiers based in Afghanistan, Germany, Iraq and Japan, to name a few.

David said the Girl Scouts will tally up all the donated money and will order the cookies, which go from the bakery to the nonprofit and anywhere there is an APO, or Army Post Office, address.

“No other girl has done this for as long and hard as she has,” he said. “The Girl Scouts oversee the project, so when people make a donation, they don’t make it to her, they make it to the Girl Scout troop.”

Local Girl Scouts will be at Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace in Clinton Township, located at 17496 Hall Road, as part of “Valentines 4-R Troops” from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 15 and 16. They will accept donations and sell cookies.

“For a member of the military stationed overseas, receiving a box of Thin Mints or Tagalongs can go a long way in giving them a taste of home and also serve as a reminder that they are being thought of,” Nino Salvaggio President Kirk Taylor said. “We are proud to welcome back Elizabeth and her troop, and hope our customers and community members join us as we thank our troops for their service.”

A case of cookies contains 12 boxes and costs $48.

“Without the support from the local community, those people keep the program going and it means a lot to me,” Elizabeth said.

Donations will also be accepted by mail. Checks can be made payable to Girl Scout Troop No. 75924, Attention: Cookies 4 Troops, c/o Elizabeth Popovich, 51194 Romeo Plank Road, P.O. Box 437, Macomb, MI 48042.

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