Picture Perfect: Proof of Operation Cookie Elves at work
December 3, 2012
Christine Hofmann-Bourque in Care packages, Operation Cookie Overload

Operation Cookie has 89 boxes of sweet treats on their way to four locations in Afghanistan. And here’s the photographic evidence! Thanks to everyone who has taken time out of their very busy schedules to send some homemade loving overseas. Just a reminder: Today is the last day to mail packages for guaranteed delivery by Christmas. However, if you need a few extra days and get your boxes in the post sometime this week, the boxes will likely still make it in time. Enjoy these snapshots ...

1. Jean and her friends from the Young Survival Coalition, a support group for women with breast cancer, sent this heartfelt message.

 

2. Aimee had her daughter, Lucy, decorate their box with stickers. They managed to squeeze in homemade cookies, granola bars, oatmeal, hard candy, mints, and snacks.    

 

3. Jackie and her work colleagues participated in Operation Cookie for the second year, hosting a snack drive last month to fill their boxes. 

 

4. Care-package pro Judy went all out with her box: “We filled it with chewy chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal white-chocolate chunk cookies, and Milky Way brownies. I also added some Chips Ahoy, Oreos, and Nutter Butter cookies in packages plus some Christmas candies. Think we’ve got [our troops] sugared up for a while!”

 

5. Lisa B. made merry with the food coloring! Yum.

 

6. Mary and Kevin from New Hampshire packed a box for the second year in a row.

 

7. Ann had some unusual assistance for her second time around with Operation Cookie. “I did have a few extra cookie elves helping me this year and asked them to help with quality control to make sure the cookies were up to Elf standards,” she says. “After inspecting the cookies I am proud to announce that we received the ‘4 HOOF’ seal of approval from our inspectors. That’s Cookie Elves Pilgrim and Whinnie doing the quality control.”

 

8. Kathy says, “My 3-year-old grandson, Max, had a great time making Gi-Normous Snicker Doodles (his idea) as his contribution to the box of goodies.” Good pick, Max!

 

9. Thank YOU, Stara, for thinking of our troops again this year.

 

10. Lois, a second-time Operation Cookie baker, knows this trick: It is cool enough in December to send chocolate to Afghanistan without worrying about it melting. 

Article originally appeared on The Strength Behind the Strong — Proudly supporting our friends and family in the military (http://www.thestrengthbehindthestrong.com/).
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