the Cookie Lady
Jeanette Cram loves to
bake cookies for the military men and women serving our country. She and her mixer are
tireless. And it's contagious. Her friends, often referred to as "Crumbs," help
the Cookie Lady make the batter, pack the cookies, prepare the shipping and customs
labels. She bakes chocolate chip cookies (replacing the
chocolate chips with M&Ms in the summertime) and oatmeal raisin cookies, and fills in
the packages with candies and note cards.
Treat The Troops is not a business, but is a
volunteer effort to support our soldiers. Her reward is not only the good feeling she has
inside her, but also the hundreds of thank-you letters that fill her 14 scrapbooks (see photos). Requests from soldiers receive highest priority.
|Jeanette has baked cookies for soldiers on the front
line since the Gulf War in 1990 when a letter from a soldier read by then-President George
Bush gave her the idea. The soldier had asked his mom to send lots of letters and cookies.
Since then Jeanette and the "crumbs" have baked 3,395,196
to the troops. As long as soldiers
continue to occupy and protect Iraq and Afghanistan, she will continue to bake cookies for
and send comfort items to those in harm's way in the Middle East.
|Jeanette has several good tips
for sending treats to the troops. Also check out Q&A's.
(Please do not ask Jeanette for
names and addresses of soldiers. She is not able to provide that information.)
The Cookie Lady
Somewhere way over there
In the war torn foreign lands
There are smiles on lonely soldiers lips
With homemade cookies in their hands.
They are tokens from a dear caring soul
Who toils lovingly day by day
To give a sweet taste of home
While they're so far away.
Her labor of love reaches out
So far across the sea
To tell our soldiers that someone cares
While they serve faithfully.
I'm sure the load they've been called to bear
Seems a little lighter on the day
That they receive the cookies from a heart of love
From one so far away.
And I'm sure the Cookie Lady
As well as every loyal "Crumb"
Are thrilled to know they've blessed our troops
Until back home they come.
by George H. Randall 2007
To the local "crumbs"--Jill
Arneman, Mary Ann Compher, Patti Zagers, Jean Dersch, Sherrie
Sauer, Geri Eichholz, Linda Bemister, Alora McAlister, Chris Carroll,
Ellen Cleaves, Cathy Fletcher and Nadyne Ulicny--I need and thank you.
Sunset Rotary of HHI, Friends of Callawassie
Island, St. Francis Thrift Shop, Long Cove Community Endowment Fund,
SerendipityMedSpa.com and all the other generous people
and organizations who have made financial and product contributions.
Message from Jeanette
deserves home-baked cookies, and I wish that I could provide them to
all. We will try to fill every request. To you, our soldiers and your
families, I offer my heartfelt thank you for your sacrifices and my
prayers for your safe return. Many heart hugs,
The Cookie Lady