Operation Cookie Drop underway

The USO of North Carolina Jacksonville Center will reason a cookie dump Dec. 20, where volunteers will package and broach homemade cookies to Marines on duty.

Eastern North Carolina’s Marines are all on a “nice” list for a USO of North Carolina’s Operation Cookie Drop. 

The cookie dump collects homemade and store-bought cookies from volunteers during a North Carolina USO in Jacksonville and delivers them to Marines on avocation during Camp Lejeune, New River, Cherry Point, Elizabeth City and Wilmington only before they start holding holiday leave Dec. 20. 

About 10,000 cookies will be delivered to Marines opposite 4 counties. 

A small bit of hearten goes a prolonged way, generally when you’re not during home

Holly Coffer


Amy Leuschke, a partner executive of a Jacksonville core and conduct of a cookie drop, pronounced she has been reaching out to autocratic officers and Family Readiness Officers to coordinate smoothness stations for a cookies. 

“It’s a lot of cookies,” Leuschke said. “And there’s a lot of appreciation that goes into it.” 

Where a cookies are delivered all depends on who orders them, she added. 

Those wishing to present cookies can move their homemade or not-so-homemade goodies to a Jacksonville Center during 9 Tallman St. Monetary donations can be done online during a USO website by selecting a Jacksonville core location. 

Cookie donations for a drop-off will be supposed adult until 9 a.m. Dec. 20, when volunteers will start make-up them for delivery. 

The cookies are packaged into cosmetic bags and afterwards delivered to Marines, so Leusche suggested cookie varieties that don’t embody elaborate topping or decorations. 

Holly Coffer, a executive of a Jacksonville center, suggested classical styles like sugarine cookies, gingerbread, chocolate chip and snickerdoodles. 

“The auditorium turns into an public line of cookies,” Coffer said. 

Leuschke pronounced a morning of a cookie dump is a ridicule one for a USO, as volunteers container cookies to a balance of Christmas music. 

“Our volunteers unequivocally get into a holidays,” Leuschke said. 

Coffer pronounced a judgment behind a Cookie Drop coincides with a USO goal of joining use members to home, family and country. 

“A small bit of hearten goes a prolonged way, generally when you’re not during home,” Coffer said.


Reporter Kelsey Stiglitz can be reached during kstiglitz@JDNews.com or 910-219-8453.

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