KSC seeks volunteers, cookies for annual drive

Volunteers package cookies during last year's Team Kirtland Airman Cookie Drive. Each year in December, Kirtland Spouses’ Club members collect cookies for single Airmen living in the base dorms. They hope to collect 10,000 cookies this year.

Volunteers package cookies during last year's Team Kirtland Airman Cookie Drive. Each year in December, Kirtland Spouses’ Club members collect cookies for single Airmen living in the base dorms. They hope to collect 10,000 cookies this year.

A volunteer prepares a package of cookies for last year's Team Kirtland Airman Cookie Drive. Each year in December, Kirtland Spouses' Club members collect cookies for single Airmen living in the base dorms. They hope to collect 10,000 cookies this year.

A volunteer prepares a package of cookies for last year's Team Kirtland Airman Cookie Drive. Each year in December, Kirtland Spouses' Club members collect cookies for single Airmen living in the base dorms. They hope to collect 10,000 cookies this year.

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

The Kirtland Spouses’ Club is sweetening the holidays once more with its annual Team Kirtland Airman Cookie Drive.

Each year in December, club members collect cookies for single Airmen living in the base dorms, with about 600 of them to serve this year, said KSC Vice President of Communications Amber Tracy.KSC needs donations of cookies, as well as volunteers to collect, count and package them.

“It brings a little cheer to the Airmen during the holidays when they’re away from their family and friends, some of them for the first time,” Tracy said.

Vice President of Events Laura Campbell, who’s coordinating the drive with Tracy, said they want to collect 10,000 cookies so each Airman gets one to two dozen. Tracy said the club prefers homemade cookies because they’re more personal. She asked that people bring only traditional cookies because items such as bar cookies
or dipped pretzels are hard to package.

People can drop off cookies from 4-7 p.m. Monday and 6-11 a.m. Tuesday at the Mountain View Club.

“You don’t have to get out of your car when you drop off at the club,” Tracy said. “You just pull up to the curb, and somebody will come get them from you.”

Bakers need to bring cookies in disposable containers with the type of cookie labeled so volunteers can give each Airman a variety.

Volunteers will divvy the cookies up into goodie bags 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 13.

KSC has dozens of volunteer time slots for both days of the drive.

“They are two-hour slots, but we appreciate any time people can give,” Tracy said.

Sandia Base Elementary School students are decorating gift bags for the cookies. After the donations are packaged, first sergeants will pick up and deliver them.

“The Team Kirtland Airman Cookie Drive has been a KSC tradition for decades, and we are proud to continue this long-standing tradition of making the holidays a little brighter for our KAFB Airmen,” said club president Frank Capuano.

People don’t need to register to donate cookies, but KSC would like volunteers to sign up at http://www.signup.com/go/oLEayg. Anyone with questions can email ksccookiedrive@gmail.com.