SMITH: Unknown fan invites Brownies, Girl Scouts to deliver cookies

You simply couldn't make up the sorts of things Sonoma County people do for others.

Case in point: Next Saturday, a fancy chartered bus will arrive in Forestville carrying 17 Girl Scouts and Brownies from East Palo Alto — and more Girl Scout cookies than you can imagine.

For some of these girls, that bus ride will take them for the first time beyond the Peninsula and across the Golden Gate Bridge.

They're being treated by an anonymous west county man who appreciates a good Girl Scout cookie and values the work of Food for Thought, the Forestville-based Sonoma County AIDS Food Bank.

For the second year in a row, he has boosted the low-income East Palo Alto scouts by purchasing 125 cases of cookies from the troop — $6,000 worth. And by inviting the girls to deliver them in person to the food bank, and then to take a little tour.

The bus is expected to arrive in Forestville at about 10:30 Saturday morning. The cookies will be unloaded, then the girls will learn about the remarkable agency that provides nutrition to more than 600 people struggling with HIV or AIDS.

After that, lunch at Carr's Drive-In, also the silent benefactor's treat, and the ride back home.

Some Food for Thought clients already anticipate their box of Girl Scout cookies. Food bank chief Ron Karp said it's a good thing he won't partake because, to him, a partial bus load of Thin Mints isn't all that many.

SHEILA QUINCE has retired after nearly 30 years in what was probably the greatest job at the Sonoma County Fair — maybe in the world.

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