Local Girl Scout troops delivered 1,000 cases of cookies to members of the U.S. military earlier this month during the Angeles Girl Scout Council’s Operation Cookie Drop at the Bob Hope USO at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

About 20 girls joined Marines, sailors and soldiers to make a “human conveyer belt” to unload the cases of cookies. The Girl Scouts also greeted busloads of Marines from Camp Pendelton who arrived at the USO to prepare to ship out overseas.

This year Angeles Council is distributing a total of 45,000 boxes of cookies donated to members of the U.S. Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard.

Deliveries of the remaining cases are being made to Operation Gratitude at the National Guard Armory in Van Nuys.

Introduced in 2004, Operation Cookie drop was created in response to the public request to send cookies to support U.S. military troops. During the cookie sale, customers bought the $4-a-box varieties to donate to military personnel through the USO and Operation Gratitude.

“It’s an absolute joy to see the expressions of the faces of the thousands of young men and women from the various armed forces when they visit our USO and find their special variety of Girl Scout cookies,” said Michael Teilmann, executive director of the Bob Hope Hollywood USO at LAX.