Operation Cookie Overload has been as busy as Santa’s elves this time of year. And we’ve got the photos to prove it! (We will post more pictures tomorrow.) So without further ado …
#1. Sunshine State Cookie Swap. An annual neighborhood cookie swap in Florida that took place this past Saturday decided to show our troops a little (actually, a lot of) love. These lovely ladies filled and packed 20 boxes to ship to our Marines in Afghanistan! They solicited donations of $250 too to help cover the cost of postage. Let’s give them a giant Hooah!
#2. Breast Cancer Support Organization from Atlanta. We think assembling care packages is a fantastic use for a conference room!
#3. Sugar Cookies With a History. Angela and Tony from Maryland dedicated an entire day to baking traditional Italian sugar cookies using a recipe Angela says has been handed down for generations. “The recipe makes 500 cookies, so it’s an all-day production,” she says. “It holds its own in regards to shelf life. … We have been sending them for years. … Additionally the boxes were packed with magazines, gum, fruit snacks, rice krispy treats and hot cocoa. Our hopes are that the packages (we’re sending three) … bring a little joy to the soldier on the other end. We included a note about our family, and a few pictures.” Perfect!
#4. Three Lovely School Kids from Iowa. “My children and I made this a project for our homeschooling,” says Jolie, a mom from Iowa. “It worked out great. They each chose a cookie and had to find all of the needed ingredients at the store. Then they each made their own cookie.” Now, that’s homework you can really dig your teeth into!
#5. And Last, But Certainly Not Least, Post Office Employees! Some of the fine folks from a California post office who help you ship your packages overseas sent a few of their own. Now that is good customer service!
More pictures to be posted tomorrow! Don’t forget: There are six mailing days left (including today) in order to guarantee that Priority Mail packages will arrive by Christmas. If you would like to participate in Operation Cookie Overload, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or send a secure email using this form. Happy baking!