Operation Cookie Drop delivers holiday treats to airmen

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| Operation Cookie Drop delivers holiday treats to airmen

Hundreds of airmen stationed at Travis Air Force Base received thousands of holiday treats Wednesday thanks to the annual Operation Cookie Drop.

Outside First Street Chapel and David Grant Medical Center, volunteers waited in the cold starting at 6:30 a.m. to receive cookie donations. Each donor was greeted with a candy cane and a note as a thank you.

Inside the chapel, boxes were stacked and lined up for volunteers to fill with their hand-selected assortment of cookies.

Then each box was passed to other volunteers to be decorated with a festive ribbon and a card from Scandia Elementary School.

Some 976 airmen living in the dorms on base would receive a cookie delivery Wednesday.

Each year, the Travis Spouses Club collects cookies from families on base and from the outside community, explained Anji Klein, cookie drop coordinator and wife of Col. John Klein, 60th Air Mobility Wing Commander. Their daughter Megan, 9, was helping to sort and package cookies for her second year.

Dixon and Suisun City both brought cookies this year, Klein said, and Vacaville Christian Schools donated plenty of cookie dough in October.

“This community support, the volunteers, are wonderful,” she said, adding that there were 30 to 40 scheduled for shifts until noon.

Once wrapped, the boxes would be picked up by the first sergeants of each squadron, who would deliver them to the dorms.

“Each Airman gets a box, just a little taste of home,” Klein said. “For some airmen, it may be their first Christmas away from home.”

Many are 19 to 21 years old and are probably missing their families and homemade baked goods, she noted.

Amy Marcum baked 15 dozen cookies from the donated Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough.

“It’s just nice to do for the holiday season because we have a lot of single airman, and you know they’re going to enjoy it,” she said.

“They’re warm,” she remarked, smiling as she carried a freshly packed and ribboned box to the table.

“I just like helping out people,” Kaitlynn Dowlearn, 15, said after closing a box. “I think it’s a really good cause.”

Her father is in the Air Force, the Vanden High School student explained, and she was working with her mother, sister and best friend to pack boxes.

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It’s fun to do, she said.

Anji Klein baked some sugar cookies and Reese’s Pieces chocolate chip cookies for the occasion.

This will be her family’s third and final time at Travis. Her husband assumed the commander post in June 2016, which is typically a two-year assignment. There will be an official change of command ceremony in the summer of 2018, the base announced Tuesday.

“It’s my last Cookie Drop, so it’s a little bittersweet,” she said.

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