Often we hear from folks about how they support the troops. This is a story about some folks who actually back up their claims.
Marnee Robinson owns a cookie business in Bath, Maine. It’s a small business with a GREAT product and she works hard to make sure that her cookies are fresh and tasty. So hard, in fact, that Rachel Ray featured them on one of her shows, declaring the Chocolate Chip cookies to be the “Best in America”. She’s right, too. But I digress.
Currently, there are over 300 Maine National Guardsmen, Reservists and Marine Reservists stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Marnee felt they’d appreciate some home-made cookies. She organized “Operation Cookie Drop” and motivated the community to pitch in. Hundreds of volunteers from across Maine rallied to help with this effort – from Moms to Boy Scout troops to High School kids to Grandmothers to Veterans. Her fats speak for themselves:
1) The “Bakers” baked 325 pounds of cookies, more than 3000 cookies.
2) The “Packers” hand-packed 325 bags of assorted cookies and were tied with red, white and blue ribbons
3) The “Artists” wrote note cards of thanks
4) The “Shippers” prepared 41 boxes to be dropped at bases in Iraq and Afghanistan
5) The “Tippers” donated money to help with shipping
But most importantly…
6) 325 Maine Soldiers received cookie packages that were baked, packed and shipped with lots of TLC
As Marnee herself wrote:
“The outpouring of support was indeed humbling and heartfelt. It seems as though everyone just needed to come together and remember the original purpose of Memorial Day. And as a fitting end to an absolutely wonderful experience, when I was at the post office shipping the 41 shipping boxes of cookies, one soldier who had just returned from Iraq the previous night, came up to thank me and shake my hand for doing this. Imagine that, he thanked me. In his own words: “You don’t know how much this will mean to the soldiers – they have nothing over there – and these packages will make their day.” Needless to say, there wasn’t a dry eye in the post office”
Those were 40 boxes of a little bit of home to remind our men and women stationed so very far away that they aren’t forgotten. There are plenty of good people who understand what they are sacrificing on our behalf. I remember well the packages my folks sent to me, and how those cookies and home-made items always made everything better, even if for only a little while.
Anyone wanting to drop Marnee Robinson a note of thanks (or buy some great cookies!) can reach her here.
The image below is taken in front of her store, showing the stack of boxes before they were driven to the Post Office.