When the call went out for cookies, the community came through once again.
Organizers of “Operation Cookie,” a day when the good comes out of so many who provide delectable treats for hospitalized, homeless and special needs veterans, say it was another highly successful event.
Members of the Woman’s Club of South Pasadena are declaring “mission accomplished” after residents brought thousands of cookies to their clubhouse on Fremont Avenue in South Pasadena on Wednesday that will land in the hands of more than 2,000 men and women throughout the southland serving in the Armed Forces.
Volunteers worked diligently inside the walls of the Woman’s Club, filling small containers with about 30,000 cookies headed to about 2,000 veterans just in time for Memorial Day.
Forming an assembly line, volunteers, all wearing disposable plastic gloves, walked around tables and placed the cookies into patriotic decorated containers that were then boxed, ready for delivery.
They will go to patients at Veterans hospitals, to the Wounded Warriors Battalion at Camp Pendleton, to Military Women in Need, to the Jimmy Miller Foundation that provides ocean therapy for wounded warriors, and other groups.
Over the years Beverly Biber, who has headed up the effort, has said she is simply grateful for those willing to give, noting: “Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of donors, we continue to expand our outreach to an increasing number of veterans.”
Outside the Woman’s Club, a curbside drop off for cookies was set up, easing the trouble of motorists getting out of their cars. Throughout the morning, vehicles stopped as cookies were handed to awaiting arms of volunteers.
Along with Operation Cookie, by far the Woman’s Club’s sweetest project, the organization has a long history of charitable and volunteer philanthropic projects, providing scholarships to South Pasadena High School students and making financial donations to community organizations in the area.
Members know that Operation Cookie comes at time when servicemen and women may need a little morale boost as they count on a meaningful message each year: “Every cookie counts, every hand helps and enables more veterans to be remembered for their service.”