The Iowa Cookie Crumbs were formed in January 2007 by Abbie Crawford. We are part of Jeanette Cram's network of Treat the Troops "Crumbs".
Treat the Troops is a project started in the early 1990’s by Jeanette (the Cookie Lady) in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Her mission was very simple. She wanted the deployed American military personnel living in tents or temporary quarters to know that people at home were supporting and remembering them.
Jeanette began baking and sending boxes of homemade cookies and treats along with letters of thanks and support to our military men and women serving in the Middle East. Twenty years later, she and her "Crumbs" who are scattered across this country are still baking up a storm.
We are the only group of such bakers in the states of Iowa and Nebraska.
Jeanette has a military approved website Treat the Troops open to all deployed service personnel. There they can make a request for a box of cookies. The Cookie Lady then forwards some of these requests to her "Crumbs" every month. It is our job to see that the requests are filled as soon as possible. Since 2007, the Iowa Cookie Crumbs have sent over one million cookies to marines, soldiers, airmen and sailors.
In 2013, Abbie Crawford became a board member of Treat the Troops.
Operation Holiday Cheer Comfort Item's Collection began on Sunday, November 6th
Worked continued Monday to sort and ready 116 boxes for the packing at 7:00 p.m.
1,032,517 Cookies Sent !!!
That's One Million +
Next cookie packing -
Tuesday, January 17 - 10:30 a.m. - Team 1
All packings at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 2444 North Broadway, Council Bluffs, IA
Bakers: Chip Cookies are Okay to Send!!!
2016 Operation Holiday Cookie Packing, November 15th !
Ready to pack 30,336 Cookies
The long tables are stacked with multiple layers of cookies. Some of the empty round tables shown in front are needed to pack the cookies in USPS Priority APO/FPO Military Flat Rate boxes. Red bags are full of candy used instead of shred for the 235 boxes of cookies!
Which box contained our millionth cookie on October 11th, 2016???