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. 

2017 Operation Holiday Cheer Dates Set:
Our Holiday Cheer Comfort Items Packing will be:

** Sunday, November 5th - 2:00-6:00 PM - Bring Comfort Items to Emanuel  
** Monday, November 6th - All day - sort and prep boxes for evening packing
** Monday, November 6th - 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 scarveshelmet liners, games, etc. for a listing, see our What We Need List

Our Holiday Cheer Cookie Packing will be:

                                           ** Tuesday, November 14th - 10:30 AM - Home baked cookies 


1,112,123 Cookies Sent !!!

That's One Million, One Hundred Thousand +

Next cookie packing - Holiday Cheer
Tuesday, November 14th, 10:30 AM

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

All Bakers are Asked to Bake
Chip Cookies are now okay to send!