Operation Baking Gals
Some of you might remember hearing me talk about Operation Baking Gals last month. Susan of OBG and She's Becoming Doughmesstic sent me an email a while back asking for help. She was overwhelmed and overworked and wanted to send her cousin in the the service a care package. Could I help her out and send some cookies too? I felt terrible because I was out straight the first month and my oven wasn't working, so I had to bow out.
By the time the second month came around I was ready to bake! By that time, there were 7 teams all across the country, each with about 25 bakers, all sending cookies to the same soldier the same week! I was part of one of those teams of bakers that sent off cookies to a soldier in Iraq. Can you imagine what it must be like to get 25 care packages all at the same time? I heard later that Capt. Ballard (a Round One soldier) told Susan in an email that "I just hope these ladies know that they are doing a good thing. Even if it is 'just' baking cookies...". These soldiers were so thankful to know they're appreciated and prayed for.
Team Spatulas & Corkscrews!
Now, it's my turn to get excited excited because I'm hosting a team of my own -Team Spatulas & Corkscrews! Since I don't have a soldier, Susan found one for me! I don't know too much about my soldier, but what I do know is that he needs our support and gratitude for serving his country. His name is Michael Jones and he's a Chaplain with the 10th Mountain Division (they are famous!) stationed out of Fort Drum, New York. He is now in Iraq, stationed at Camp Victory, and obviously, as a chaplain will have access to MANY soldiers to share all these care packages with.
So, now I'm asking for help! As the host for Team Spatulas & Corkscrews, I'm sending out the call...would you be willing to send a package of cookies, brownies, candy, etc to Chaplain Michael Jones? I need 25 bakers to fill out my team. That shouldn't be too hard to do right?
Believe it or not, Operation Baking Gals has grown to over 500 bakers in just 3 short months! Won't you be one of them? For more info on Operation Baking Gals, read the article I wrote for Suite101.
We will send all our boxes at the same time, so Chaplain Michael gets them all together! Won't he be surprised? They should be shipped out during the week of September 27th - October 6th. When I did this this last month, I was shocked that the price of a HUGE box of goodies only cost me $8.00! That's all the way to Iraq! You can even ask for a free Military Flat Rate box from the PO to keep the cost down.
So, whadaya think? Can you see it in your heart to send a box of love and cookies to a bunch of homesick soldiers? If so, just send me an email at email@example.com and I'll add you to the team! When I receive your email, I'll get back to you with all the info you need to send Chaplain Michael 25 boxes of goodies the week of September 27th - October 6th.
In the meantime, Cat, from The Cat's Pajamas will fill you all in on what baked goods ship the best, what not to send, how to get the package ready and how to fill out the paperwork. I printed this off and took it to the PO with me, and boy, was I ever glad I did!
Email Me (firstname.lastname@example.org), We'll do Cookies! And thank you for supporting our troops!