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Cookie drive shows Air Force family cares for Airmen

Mrs. Janice Smith and Mrs. Becky McVay, Holloman Officers' Spouses Club members, advertise for the Airmen's Cookie Drive in M&M costumes at the corner of First Street and Arizona Avenue. The drive recieved more than 6,300 cookies for Airmen living in the dorms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Heather Stanton)

Mrs. Janice Smith and Mrs. Becky McVay, Holloman Officers' Spouses Club members, advertise for the Airmen's Cookie Drive in M&M costumes at the corner of First Street and Arizona Avenue. The drive recieved more than 6,300 cookies for Airmen living in the dorms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Heather Stanton)

Mrs. Karen Cooke and Mrs. Dawn Goldfein, Holloman Officers' Spouses Club members, decorate paper bags for the Airmen's Cookie Drive Dec. 14. The cooke bags were delivered to Airmen in the dorms Dec. 15. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Heather Stanton)

Mrs. Karen Cooke and Mrs. Dawn Goldfein, Holloman Officers' Spouses Club members, decorate paper bags for the Airmen's Cookie Drive Dec. 14. The cooke bags were delivered to Airmen in the dorms Dec. 15. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Heather Stanton)

Mrs. Claudia Schnoor, cookie drive volunteer, filled decorated bags with homemade cookies as a special way to show the Airmen living in the dorms that their Air Force family is thinking of them during the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Heather Stanton)

Mrs. Claudia Schnoor, cookie drive volunteer, filled decorated bags with homemade cookies as a special way to show the Airmen living in the dorms that their Air Force family is thinking of them during the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Heather Stanton)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- The Holloman Officers' Spouses Club and many other Holloman spouses got together Thursday and Friday to bring holiday joy to Airmen living in the dorms this season.

The spouses collected homemade cookies, decorated small paper bags and readied the treats for squadron first sergeants to pick up and deliver to the Airmen.

"There are many Airmen in the dorms for Christmas," said Ms. Karen Cooke, HOSC member. "We wanted to do something while they were here."

The cookie drive is a long-standing Air Force tradition many of the spouses remember from the beginning of their Air Force life.

"My husband has been in 23 years," said Ms. Becky McVay, coordinator of the cookie drive, "and I've seen it every year."

To steer people in the right direction of the cookie drive, held at the base chapel, Ms. McVay and Ms. Janice Smith, HOSC member, dressed in M&M costumes and Santa hats and stood on the corner of First Street and Arizona Avenue.

"We got more than 6,300 cookies this year," said Ms. McVay.

"We are so grateful for everyone who helped this year," said Mrs. Dawn Goldfein, HOSC member. "It's a little home cookin' love to let the Airmen know their Air Force family still cares for them."