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Operation Cookie Drop

Event to bring Christmas cheer to airmen

Bake a little love into cookies for airmen serving away from home this holiday season. File photo

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This time of year, families begin planning where they will travel for the holidays, preparing menus full of food that will be eaten, and having dreams of a white Christmas. For some airmen stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the holiday cheer may be a bit different this year. Many will not travel home during the holidays and will remain in their dormitories. For some, this year may even mark the first time they are away from the comforts of home during the holiday season.   

The Air Force has had a long-standing tradition of delivering a bit of holiday cheer to those in the dormitories during the holidays. Operation Cookie Drop serves as a way for the community and local families to bring homemade baked goods to these airmen.  

While the tradition has diminished over the years at JBLM, Chika Kosinkski, wife of 62nd Airlift Wing Commander Col. Leonard Kosinkski, is seeking to bring it back.  Along with Diana Mazid, wife of Command Chief Master Sgt. Zaki Mazid, and Carlene Joseph of Harborstone Credit Union, Kosinkski has rallied community support for Operation Cookie Drop.

"Not only can we bring this tradition back," she said, but "we can also reconnect McChord Field, military members, spouses, retirees, veterans, and our great community partners."

Several local businesses from Puyallup, and as far as Gig Harbor, have signed up to donate homemade cookies. Individual families are also encouraged to donate baked goods to Operation Cookie Drop. The cookies will be distributed to the airmen in the common areas of their dormitories.

"We need to fatten up those airmen!" said Joseph with a laugh. "They are a younger generation of airmen who might be away from home during Christmas for the first time."

Kosinkski, Mazid and Joseph would like you to encourage your co-workers, friends and family to participate.

"I hope this event can show all military families at JBLM how much support we can get and rethink about what we can give back in return," said Kosinkski.

If you'd like to participate in Operation Cookie Drop, please bake two to four dozen cookies and deliver them Dec. 9 between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. to the McChord Support Center located at 746 Col. Joe Jackson Blvd. on JBLM-McChord Field. Cookies can also be arranged to be picked up by contacting Carlene at carlene.joseph@harborstone.com.

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