This Thanksgiving weekend, we’re grateful for the sacrifices of the men and women in our military, especially those who spent the holiday far from their families and friends. We’re also grateful for the amazing supporters of our troops who are participating in Operation Cookie Overload. Our numbers keep rising: We now have 132 people/groups from 35 states sending cookie-filled care packages to Marines in Afghanistan for Christmas!
We started Operation Cookie Overload to help make the holidays sweeter for a 19-year-old Marine who will be in Afghanistan this holiday season. We thought we could get a handful of nice folks to send a few cookie care packages to this young man to share with his buddies. We had no idea so many people would want to bake and ship packages! So we’re now on a mission to overload his entire Marine unit — all 225 of them — with cookies!
If you haven’t joined us yet, there is still time. (See our contact information below.) The deadline for mailing Priority Mail packages through the U.S. Postal Service is December 10th in order to guarantee delivery by December 25th. Please keep spreading the word about Operation Cookie Overload!
So who is participating? We have Vietnam veterans and Gulf War veterans. There are grandmothers and their grandchildren, Marine moms, Army wives, a Marine sister, and roommates who just want to say “thanks.” We have Postal Service employees and firefighters, hospital workers and Girl Scout troops. There are even several cookie swap parties that will be making a few extra boxes for our Marines. We can’t think of a more thoughtful way to get in the holiday spirit.
For those of you who are still putting your packages together, we want to pass along this terrific tip from Sharon from Indiana, who says she’s been sending cookie-filled military care packages for years: “I usually send things that have both nuts and NO nuts with my packages. I always mark each inner bag with what the item is and if it has nuts or not. I don’t figure the Marines that are in remote areas usually have allergies to nuts, but not everyone likes to eat them.”
Do you have questions about Operation Cookie Overload? Get the details here:
- To participate in Operation Cookie Overload, send an email with your name and complete mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org or use this secure form. Remember: We don’t post any addresses online due to privacy and security issues.
- Mailing deadlines for guaranteed Christmas delivery are fast approaching. Priority Mail packages must be sent by December 10th.
- We do have an Army soldier in Afghanistan who has requested cookie packages to take to some of the remote FOBs (forward operating base). We also have a young man deployed with the Air Force who would love a few packages. Some of the larger groups who are participating in Operation Cookie Overload have been kind enough to take two or three names.
- This is our first post about Operation Cookie Overload: “Operation Cookie Overload: Will you help a Marine mom make her deployed son’s Christmas merry and bright?”
- These are suggestions for what to put inside: “Operation Cookie Overload Update: Our best tips and tricks for baking and sending cookie-filled care packages.”
- Details on the customs form you’ll need: “It’s Your Duty: Filling out customs forms for military care packages.”
- Finally, a thank-you from our Marine’s mom, Judy: “Operation Cookie Overload Update: Our Marine mom says ’Thank you’”
Happy Thanksgiving to all!