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December 4, 2017
Almost 6,000 Pounds of Cookies Collected During Holiday Cookie Drive at 8th Legislative District Office

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Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey partnered up with New Jersey’s 8th Legislative District on Saturday and collected nearly 6,000 pounds of cookies and other treats to send to troops overseas for the holiday season.

The Holiday Cookie Drive, which was hosted at the 8th Legislative District Office in Medford on Saturday, featured a constant stream of people driving up and dropping off homemade cookies. Dozens of volunteers were on hand to receive the cookies, box them up and then ship them out throughout the rest of the weekend.

Click here to view a full photo gallery from the cookie drive on Facebook.

Boxes of treats, that included hot chocolate packets, marshmallows, other desserts, and even bones for dogs overseas, were stacked high throughout the entire office.

“We have cookies piled up to the ceiling. We’re going to be sending thousands of pounds of cookies to our troops overseas to thank them and to give them a little piece of home,” said Senator Dawn Addiego.

Addiego and Assemblyman Joe Howarth were on hand collect and distribute the cookies. While volunteers sorted out the cookies, area school children occupied the office waiting room where they wrote letters to the troops overseas to add a personal touch to the care packages.

The yearly event is carried out by Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey. The volunteer organization has sent about 60,000 pounds of care packages overseas in 2017. The Holiday Cookie Drive is one of the premier events for the nonprofit.

“We do the annual Holiday Cookie Drive to support the brave men and women in the Middle East on our care package shipping list,” said Dave Silver, the president of Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey. “We’re rocking and rolling today thanks to so many men and women throughout South Jersey and even Pennsylvania. People brought cookies and candy canes and so many other great things.”

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