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Dyess volunteers donate hundreds of cookies to airmen away from home for the holidays

By Ariana Garza, Weekend Anchor/Crime & Courts Reporter, agarza@ktxs.com
Published On: Dec 12 2013 07:26:02 PM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

Hundreds of Dyess AFB airmen will be away from their families this holiday season – but will get a special treat from volunteers.

Dozens of volunteers spent Thursday afternoon packing cookies into green and red bags for more than 500 airmen who reside in dormitories on base. For some airmen – this is the first holiday season they are spending away from their families.

“There's a lot of people not with their families and they just want a little part of home so that's what the cookies are there for,” Military spouse and Volunteer Cassandra Ortega said.

Volunteers packed each bag with six to eight cookies. The Dyess community donated approximately 300 dozen cookies.

“It's one of the many ways the military community comes together to take care of our military members,” MSgt. John Frith said. “This is a way we can provide a little hometown holiday cheer and take care of our airmen - our most precious resource.”

Military Spouse and Volunteer Rebecca Beard said she has volunteered for the “cookie drop” for 12 years and the reward is priceless.

“My husband was an airman once and when we were stationed at Luke AFB, we did this and I saw how beneficial it was when we delivered the cookies to the dorms and how excited they would get over such a small thing that we could give back to them,” Beard said.

The volunteers will hand the cookies out Friday morning.