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Thursday, November 29, 2007 

Operation Happy Holidays

9 years and still baking up delicious memories of sweet home Montana.
The goal of "Operation Happy Holidays" was to bake, wrap and ship approximately 30,000 cookies to Montana troops stationed overseas.

...These homemade morsels have been cooked up every holiday season for nine years as a way to say "thank you" to all of Montana's military personnel who can't come home for the holidays.

"I want the troops to know Montanans appreciate the sacrifices they make, especially this time of year," said Steve Kubick, co-coordinator of the event.

Every year, the number of cookies baked is adjusted for the number of troops overseas. Judging by the amount of cookies baked this year, Kubick believes this is one of the largest groups of military personnel deployed from the state in recent memory.

More than 800 pounds of sugar and flour, 120 dozen eggs, 200 pounds of brown sugar and 250 pounds of chocolate chips — among other large-quantity necessities — went into baking 30,000 peanut butter, chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin and snickerdoodle cookies.

Dimmer Kjelsrud, the other co-coordinator of "Operation Happy Holidays," said the cookies will be a small part of gift boxes that will be wrapped up on Saturday, along with items like candy, calling cards and beef jerky. - GreatFallsTribune

Nothing really says home like home baked cookies....

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