Thin Mints, tears and troops: How a Macomb Girl Scout steered 52,500 boxes of cookies overseas

Neal Rubin, The Detroit News  |  Sat, February 20, 2021, 5:18 AM

Feb. 20—MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Combat veterans tell Elizabeth Popovich stories. Mostly the stories are about cookies. Sometimes the stories make them cry.

Popovich has been selling Girl Scout Cookies since she was in kindergarten. Now she’s a senior at Dakota High School, aging out of scouting, and she’ll still gladly supply you with Samoas and Trefoils. But she has developed a specialty over the past 11 years, one that sends cookies overseas and brings gratitude or even tears flowing back.

She collects money to buy Girl Scout Cookies for military personnel, most of them in places she couldn’t spell or locate when she started. She calls the campaign Cookies 4 Troops, and since second grade she has raised $210,000, with more coming this weekend as she sets up a booth inside the Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace in Clinton Township.