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NEWS | Dec. 8, 2009

Crunch time approaching for annual Christmas Cookie drive

By Sean Bowlin 12th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs

Team Randolph is once again filling the air with the sweet scents of holiday treats for its annual Cookie Crunch Drive.

To support the annual event, which provides Christmas cookies to Randolph Airmen, the 12th Flying Training Wing is reaching out and calling for altruistic volunteers to heat up their home ovens, roll up their sleeves and start baking, packaging and delivering cookies.

"This is a nice way to support our single Airmen who otherwise wouldn't get home-cooking during Christmas," said Chrissy Jenkins, a Randolph Air Force Base spouse assisting with the drive.

The Officers' Spouses Club is partnering in the event hosted by the 12th FTW, said Alan Frosch, an OSC representative. "There's a need for more cookies this year than last year, because of the presence of dorm-based young enlisted sensor operator trainees fresh from Basic Military Training at nearby Lackland Air Force Base," he added.

Ms. Jenkins said last year the drive collected and distributed about 8,000 cookies; this year, she'd like about 10,000. Volunteers will put the cookies in decorative tins between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Chapel 1 Annex on Tuesday. She is requesting that volunteer cookie-bakers come by that area during those times to drop off the cookies at an outside drive-through. The Officer's spouses Club. which is assisting with the event, is requesting volunteers to deliver the cookies to the base' s enlisted and Combat Systems Officer dorms.The OSC and the Enlisted Spouses Clubs are providing the decorative tins in which the cookies will be packaged.

The drive will provide cookies not just to dorm-based enlisted, Basic Sensor Operator Training Airmen and CSO students, but also to wounded warriors at Fort Sam Houston's Center for the Intrepid; families of Wounded Warriors staying at the nearby Fisher House; and Airmen working late shifts at the Randolph command post, fire station and 12th Security Forces Squadron.

To volunteer, call Ms. Jenkins at 485-8026.