It’s become an annual tradition at Alaska Marine Lines’ warehouses in Seattle and Southeast Alaska: Thousands of cases of Girl Scout cookies arrive on pallets each spring ready to be sorted for distribution to local troops. Alaska Marine Lines has donated warehouse space, forklifts and volunteers to the organization for many years. In Alaska, the cookies are shipped to Ketchikan where they are unloaded in the warehouse and reorganized for distribution to 10 other locations. Each community receives palletized cookies, then coordinates with local troops for final distribution. In Seattle, 3,435 cases – that’s 41,220 boxes – of Thin Mints, Trefoils and other cookies were sorted in just three hours. Alaska Marine Lines Warehouse Manager Brett Beck gets up early on a Saturday morning to help each year. “I finish around noon,” he says, “and I usually get some free cookies out of the deal. But I always buy some too,” he is quick to add. “We appreciate Alaska Marine Lines letting us use their warehouse for the seventh year,” says Cheryl Brown, Girl Scouts Cookie Manager in West Seattle.
Above, minivans lined up for cookies at the Seattle warehouse.