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 3/4 of a million cookies to marines, soldiers, airmen and sailors.
In 2013, Abbie Crawford became a board member of Treat the Troops.
Ready to pack 30,743 Cookies at our
2015 Holiday Cookie Packing !
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.
2016 Operation Holiday Cheer Dates Set:
Our Holiday Cheer Comfort Items Packing will be:
** Sunday, November 6th - 2:00-7:00 PM - Bring Comfort Items to Emanuel
** Monday, November 7th - All day - sort and prep boxes for evening packing
** Monday, November 7th - 7:00 PM - Pack Holiday Cheer Comfort Item Boxes
The above is our comfort items ONLY packing with NO home baked cookies. Boxes will be packed with stockings filled with candies and snack items along with other comfort items. Other items include knitted scarves, helmet liners, games, etc. for a listing, see our What We Need List. Last year we sent 115 boxes.
Our Holiday Cheer Cookie Packing will be:
** Tuesday, November 15th - 10:30 AM - Home baked cookies
Reminder - please label if your cookies contain nuts (includes peanut butter, coconut, etc!)
All packings at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 2444 North Broadway, Council Bluffs, IA
1,002,181 Cookies Sent !!!
That's One Million +
Which box contained our millionth cookie???