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97 AMW Leaders deliver cookies to Airmen

Cookies in a box.

Cookies are prepared to be packaged and delivered at the base chapel, Dec. 10, 2020, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Operation Cookie Drop is an annual tradition between leaders and the Airmen in the dorms designed to show appreciation and help improve holiday spirit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Breanna Klemm)

Person hands cookies to another person.

Master Sgt. Nathan Allen, 97th Wing Staff Agency and 97th Comptroller Squadron first sergeant, delivers cookies to an Airman at the dorms, Dec. 10, 2020, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Over 560 dozen cookies were delivered to 97th Air Mobility Wing dorm residents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Breanna Klemm)

People stand in front of bags.

Volunteers pose in front of bags of cookies at the base chapel, Dec. 10, 2020, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The cookies were packaged while wearing masks and gloves to ensure safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Breanna Klemm)

Woman holds cookies

Molly Reid, Altus community member, drops cookies off the base chapel to be delivered to Airmen, Dec. 9, 2020, at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Reid gathered more than 80 dozen cookies from the community for the cookie drop. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Sizelove)

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla.-- On Dec. 11, 2020, leaders from the 97th Air Mobility Wing delivered bags of cookies to Airmen living in the dorms. This was part of the base’s annual Operation Cookie Drop, which is held to improve morale during the holidays.

On the days leading up to delivery, community and base volunteers dedicated their time baking and buying cookies to be packaged and delivered. This year, more than 7,400 cookies were donated to the event.

“It is so important to let our Airmen know that they are thought of and cared for during the holidays,” said Charise Leard, a 97th AMW key spouse. “Many of them will not be able to go home to visit their families, and we want to do whatever we can to give them a little feeling of home and holiday cheer. Our goal is to bring a smile to their faces, let them know that we care, and that they are appreciated.”

Leard said the cookies were dropped off in disposable containers at the chapel and packaged in zip lock bags, with gloves and masks to ensure safety. After all the cookies were gathered and packaged, First Sergeants and other leaders picked up the bags and delivered them to the dorm residents of their squadron who may not be able to make it home for the holidays.

“My favorite part is handing off the cookies, hoping it will brighten the holidays for our Airmen,” said Amy Tarnowski, a 97th AMW key spouse. “It’s a great feeling to see their smiles and how excited they are about the cookies. We hope they feel the love baked in to each cookie!”



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