Cookie drive benefits overseas soldiers, their canine colleagues
By Amy Lavalley Post-Tribune correspondent January 18, 2014 11:16PM
Sue Murray of Michigan City puts together boxes Saturday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Porter for the annual Bomber Girls cookie drive for soldiers overseas. | POST-TRIBUNE PHOTO
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Updated: February 20, 2014 6:56AM
PORTER — Debbie Will showed up Saturday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2511 with the two girls she baby-sits.
The trio was busy Friday night baking dozens of chocolate chip cookies, and picked up a 2-pound bag of large dog treats as well.
“I couldn’t think of a better worthwhile cause,” the Valparaiso resident said after handing off the human and canine treats, bound for soldiers and their working dogs in war-torn parts of the globe.
Will wasn’t the only person to stop by with homemade cookies during the fourth annual Bomber Girls cookie drive, timed to get sweet treats to soldiers and their canine companions in time for Valentine’s Day.
A group from Illinois planned to bring 250 dozen cookies, as well as 46 boxes of dog treats and monetary donations to help ship the boxes.
That’s only a fraction of what Brenda Coleman, coordinator for the Bomber Girls effort here, hoped to receive. Last year’s effort collected 1,900 dozen cookies, 311 dozen dog treats, and a wide array of dog toys.
Coleman, the ladies’ auxiliary chaplain at the post, hopes to send out close to 160 boxes of cookies, with four or five dozen cookies in each box. The Valparaiso resident made 16 dozen white chocolate chip and macadamia nut cookies for the effort here, and plans on making still more to take down to Savannah, Ga., for the Bomber Girls cookie drive there.
She comes from a military family — her father was in the Navy — and she loves helping people, and baking.
“It gets depressing up here, especially with all the snow,” she said.
Coleman met the Bomber Girls through riding her motorcycle, and that’s how she got involved starting a cookie drive here. The effort has grown over the years and this is the first time the local group is sending its boxes — at more than $15 apiece in postage — directly to service members, instead of shipping them to Savannah first.
Will hopes to participate next year, too, increasing her effort and starting to bake and freeze cookies at Christmas.
“I can’t do much,” she said, “but where I can, I try.”