The Operation Cookie Elves are getting ready for another holiday season of sending sweet treats overseas to some of our deployed service men and women. As Bonnie from California wrote in her email yesterday: “Just let me know the info, and I’ll preheat the oven.” That’s the spirit!
Our first Operation Cookie recipient is a small unit serving in a remote area of Afghanistan. It’s a concussion care clinic that treats service members after they have sustained a concussion (e.g. in a blast incident). Their mail is delivered only once or twice a week, so they only need/want 30 boxes total. Anything more might overwhelm the mail delivery system, so we are keeping a tight watch -- at their request -- on how many boxes will be sent to this address. As of this morning, we have all 30 boxes claimed. (Emails with the mailing address were sent out this morning to the first folks who contacted me last night. Check your inbox.)
This morning, I received a email from an occupational therapist in Bagram, Afghanistan, who would also love 30 boxes of treats to share. She emailed, “I am looking forward to a homemade cookie!!” And we know who can help her out! I have about 15 of those boxes already claimed, but need 15 more bakers. (If you emailed me yesterday or this morning and did NOT receive an address already, you will be automatically put on this project. Address and details to come.)
Need more information on Operation Cookie 2012?
Read our baking tips: Our best tips and tricks for baking and sending cookie-filled care packages.
Read how it all started: Operation Cookie Overload: Will you help a Marine mom make her deployed son’s Christmas merry and bright?
See some in-action photos: Operation Cookie Update: 2011 ends with cookies, cookies, cookies.