Iowa Cookie Crumbs

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.  Over twenty five 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. 


Ready to pack 36,120 Cookies at our
2018 Holiday Cookie Packing !

The long tables are stacked with multiple layers of cookies.  Red bags in front were full of candy used instead of shred for the 264 USPS Priority APO/FPO Military Flat Rate boxes sent.

Thanks to all who made our
2018 Operation Holiday Cheer
A Huge Success!!

 Next Packing Date:  TBD

Chip cookies are now okay to send!

All packings at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 2444 North Broadway, Council Bluffs, IA  


1,277,381 Cookies Sent !!!

That's One Million, Two Hundred Thousand +

One Million Milestone at the October 2016 packing
Which box contained our millionth cookie???