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Approximately 7 or 8 years ago, I was a Girl Scout leader for my daughter’s Brownie troop in NY. In addition to working full time, I was one of only two moms who volunteered. To say I was overwhelmed with the crafts, field trips, and overnight camping expeditions is an understatement.

I knew about the cookie sales from my days of scouting, so I was prepared for that. I started to panic when I heard about the magazine sale. Needless to say, I had no reason to worry. The magazines basically sold themselves.

Each girl was asked to address something like 10 postcards inviting relatives to order their magazines through us. Most people receive at least one magazine anyway, so we weren’t really asking them to do anything special.

In the end, my troop sold more than 100 magazines and raised several hundred dollars.

We were able to end our year with a trip to Hershey Park, which all of the girls will remember forever. I think a magazine sale is one of the best fundraisers out there. After all, who needs any more wrapping paper?