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Airman Cookie Drive bakes up appreciation for Holloman Airmen

Members of the Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. officers and enlisted spouses’ clubs package cookies as part of the annual holiday cookie drive at the Base Chapel, Dec. 8. Members of Team Holloman and the local community baked cookies for airmen living in the dorms on base to bring a little taste of home to those who might not be able to see their families for the holidays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Class Daniel Liddicoet/Released)

In 2014, volunteers at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico package cookies at the base chapel Dec. 8 as part of the annual holiday cookie drive. Members of Team Holloman and the local community baked cookies for Airmen living in the dorms on base to bring a little taste of home to those who might not be able to see their families for the holidays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Liddicoet)

Members of the Holloman Air Force Base N.M., officers and enlisted spouses’ clubs package cookies as part of the annual holiday cookie drive at the Base Chapel, Dec. 8. Members of Team Holloman and the local community baked cookies for airmen living in the dorms on base to bring a little taste of home to those who might not be able to see their families for the holidays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Class Daniel Liddicoet/Released)

In 2014, volunteers at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico package cookies at the base chapel Dec. 8 as part of the annual holiday cookie drive. Members of Team Holloman and the local community baked cookies for Airmen living in the dorms on base to bring a little taste of home to those who might not be able to see their families for the holidays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Liddicoet)

Children from Holloman Middle School are briefed by military spouses and volunteers before helping to package cookies for the annual holiday cookie drive at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Dec. 8. Over 1,800 cookies were packaged for all the airmen residing in the dorms on Holloman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Class Daniel Liddicoet/Released)

In 2014, children from Holloman Middle School help volunteers package cookies for the annual holiday cookie drive at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico on Dec. 8. More than 1,800 cookies were packaged last year for all the Airmen residing in the dorms on Holloman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Liddicoet)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- The Airman Cookie Drive is launching its annual campaign Dec. 7 to spread some holiday cheer with Holloman's young Airmen.

"It is such a nice way to show our appreciation to those who serve away from their families," said Marcelle Furrow-Kiebler, the Airman Cookie Drive director. "It is really heartwarming for you to see how many in the community contribute."

But, the Airman Cookie Drive will need some dedicated volunteers to make this year's event a success.

In fact, they are hoping to get more than 80 volunteers to handle the large volume of cookies that traditionally come into the drive. Approximately 20 volunteers are needed for each shift.

This year's Airman Cookie Drive will have cookie drop-offs Dec. 7 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Community Activity Center ballroom on base and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Alamogordo's Chamber of Commerce. Volunteers will handle the cookie gifts throughout the day and even for a few hours after drop-offs conclude to finish packaging the cookies for base Airmen.

All the hard work by these cookie donors and volunteers is for one purpose - to show Holloman Airman that they are appreciated.

"My mom and I have been planning and collecting recipes that we hope bring a little bit of home to the Airmen who are away from their families this holiday season," said Shannon Craycraft, the Airman Cookie Drive volunteer coordinator. "Each year, you can feel the joy and embodiment of Christmas spirit as volunteers prepare the gift of cookies for the Airmen."

Donated cookies should be in groups of four placed in small, sealable plastic bags. For more information about volunteering, contact Shannon Craycraft at (210) 279-6933.