Eliminate premium shipping costs of Girl Scout Cookies to Puerto Rico

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My name is Patricia and I am a Girl Scout.  I belong to Troop 76032 in Belleville, Michigan.

I am sure you know about hurricane Maria, the large catastrophic hurricane that passed through Puerto Rico this summer.  There is disaster everywhere. One thing you may not know, however, is that Girl Scout troops in Puerto Rico are not selling Girl Scout cookies. This is because, with all the damage, GSA decided to cancel the sales this year. The downside of this, though, is that if Puerto Ricans want to buy Girl Scout cookies, they have to buy them online. This may not seem like a problem yet, until you realize that it costs more to ship cookies to places like Puerto Rico than it does anywhere else. You see, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and the non-contiguous  states, are charged a premium shipping charges. Premium costs more, but has no benefit of speed. If residents of the islands can’t buy them because the local troops are not selling, they should not be charged extra.

 The above picture shows the Girl Scouts from Troop 476 surveying the damage the hurricane caused to their school.  They were coming up with ideas to help with clean up and repair and hoped to use some of the money earned through the cookie sales for service projects at their school. Unfortunately, they won't be able to do so since the sale was canceled.  But they should still be able to enjoy having cookies without paying more than most other American citizens.



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