FROM ROME WITH LOVE — Girl scouts from Troop 20898 have collected 80 boxes of cookies and written letters to soldiers stationed in Iraq. Members of the Stanwix Veterans Men’s Club will mail them. Pictured, front row, are Emma Maret, Cathy Lee, Keirra KiIpeck, Addison Lee, Kaylee Symula, Joey Kilpeck and Becky LaGasse. Pictured behind them are members of the troop and the men’s club. (Sentinel photo by John Clifford)

Veterans, girl scouts team up to unleash ‘operation dessert storm’

Published May 7, 2017 at 9:00am

The Stanwix Men’s Club is teaming with Girl Scout Troop 20898 to honor U.S. servicemen stationed in Iraq.

The group will be mailing
80 boxes of cookies donated to the troop during their recent cookie drive — which will go to Sgt. Mathew Stamp and his fellow servicemen and women in a case of just desserts.

“We will be mailing all kinds of cookies,” Elizabeth LaGasse, who serves as cookie mother for the troop, said.

“We have Savannah Smiles, Do-si-dos, Trefoils, and Thin Mints. I hope they won’t melt on the way there,” she said.

Stamp is a graduate of Vernon-Verona-Sherril High School and serves with the 1156th Engineer Company in the New York National Guard based in

He was promoted to sergeant in August 2015, and he signed back up with the reserves again in February 2016 in his bid to continue to serve his nation and community.

“Matthew will receive all the boxes. I imagine he’ll want to share,” LaGasse said.

Troop 20898 held their annual cookie drive in March in several locations around Rome.

“We asked for special cookie donations to soldiers stationed in Iraq. We had an amazing response,” LaGasse said.

Girl Scout cookies fund local troop programs designed to teach girls leadership and business skills. They were first sold in 1917, and in 2001 they were first shipped to troops serving overseas. They may be ordered online at