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Fairchild spouses spread cookies, candy, cheer

The Officers’ Spouses’ Club partner with the Enlisted Spouses’ Club for the annual Operation Cookie Drop at the base chapel Dec. 11, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Officer and enlisted spouses provided dozens of homemade cookies, filling over 600 bags for Airmen living in the dorms. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Whitney Laine)

The Officers’ Spouses’ Club partner with the Enlisted Spouses’ Club for the annual Operation Cookie Drop at the base chapel Dec. 11, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Officer and enlisted spouses provided dozens of homemade cookies, filling over 600 bags for Airmen living in the dorms. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Whitney Laine)

Members of the Officers’ Spouses’ Club and the Enlisted Spouses’ Club organize cookies for the annual Operation Cookie Drop at the base chapel Dec. 11, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. The women worked to fill over 600 bags of cookies and treats for 92nd Air Refueling Wing and 336th Training Group Airmen living in the dorms with the intent of raising moral and holiday cheer. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Whitney Laine)

Members of the Officers’ Spouses’ Club and the Enlisted Spouses’ Club organize cookies for the annual Operation Cookie Drop at the base chapel Dec. 11, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. The women worked to fill over 600 bags of cookies and treats for 92nd Air Refueling Wing and 336th Training Group Airmen living in the dorms with the intent of raising moral and holiday cheer. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Whitney Laine)

Libby Moore, Officers’ Spouses’ Club scholarship program manager, sets out cookies in preparation for the annual Operation Cookie Drop at the base chapel Dec. 11, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Moore has helped bake, pack and deliver cookies for the cookie drop for 12 years. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Whitney Laine)

Libby Moore, Officers’ Spouses’ Club scholarship program manager, sets out cookies in preparation for the annual Operation Cookie Drop at the base chapel Dec. 11, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Moore has helped bake, pack and deliver cookies for the cookie drop for 12 years. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Whitney Laine)

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- The Officers’ Spouses’ Club partnered with the Enlisted Spouses’ Club for the annual Operation Cookie Drop at the base chapel Dec. 11. The clubs’ members came together in hopes of easing the homesickness Airmen feel when they are unable to travel home for the holidays.

“I’ve been doing the cookie drop for 12 years,” said Libby Moore, OSC scholarship program manager. “It all started because we wanted the Airmen in the dorms to have something from home, to know that we are thinking of them and that we care.”

In preparation for Operation Cookie Drop, officer and enlisted spouses were asked to bake four dozen cookies each to pack bags for Airmen living in the dorms. Once the bags were filled with homemade treats, they were distributed to 92nd Air Refueling Wing and the 336th Training Group Airmen.

“Spouses are asked to help, but we never know who is able to get involved,” said Lori Haas, OSC member. “I was impressed with the turnout of cookies and helpers. I had expected it to be me and five other ladies, but it was like an army of spouses.”

This year, officer and enlisted spouses baked more than 187 dozen holiday cookies and packed more than 600 bags of treats and cheer.