Annual cookie drive delivers nearly 3,000 treats to Airmen

The Spouses Club on base held the annual cookie drive Dec. 4, 2017, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. Volunteers teamed up to bake, plate and deliver nearly 3,000 treats to the Airmen in the dorms and squadrons on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez)

The Spouses Club on base held the annual cookie drive Dec. 4, 2017, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. Volunteers teamed up to bake, plate and deliver nearly 3,000 treats to the Airmen in the dorms and squadrons on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez)

Nearly 3,000 baked goods were donated to the annual cookie drive on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D, Dec. 4, 2017. The event is put together by the Spouses Club annually in order to provide home-made desserts to the Airmen in the dorms during the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez)

Nearly 3,000 baked goods were donated to the annual cookie drive on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D, Dec. 4, 2017. The event is put together by the Spouses Club annually in order to provide home-made desserts to the Airmen in the dorms during the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez)

Nicole Lindgren, a member of the Spouses Club on base, baked nearly 500 cookies for the annual cookie drive on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., Dec. 1, 2017. In addition to baking almost 500 cookies, Lindgren reached out to the community and received over 150-dozen more donations of muffins, popcorn balls and other assorted cookies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez)

Nicole Lindgren, a member of the Spouses Club on base, baked nearly 500 cookies for the annual cookie drive on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., Dec. 1, 2017. In addition to baking almost 500 cookies, Lindgren reached out to the community and received over 150-dozen more donations of muffins, popcorn balls and other assorted cookies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez)

Members of the Spouses Club on base plate cookies at the annual cookie drive in preparation for delivery Dec. 4, 2017, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. Volunteers customized each plate with an assortment of 12 treats for the Airmen who live in the dorms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez)

Members of the Spouses Club on base plate cookies at the annual cookie drive in preparation for delivery Dec. 4, 2017, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. Volunteers customized each plate with an assortment of 12 treats for the Airmen who live in the dorms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez)

From left to right, Master Sgts. Kepler Baksh, Daniel Cable and Scott Harris load a truck with bags of cookies to deliver to Airmen in the dorms for the annual cookie drive on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., Dec. 4, 2017. Baksh, Cable and Harris were joined by fellow first sergeants volunteers to hand-deliver plates of cookies to their Airmen in the dorms during the holidays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Elora J. Martinez)

From left to right, Master Sgts. Kepler Baksh, Daniel Cable and Scott Harris load a truck with bags of cookies to deliver to Airmen in the dorms for the annual cookie drive on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., Dec. 4, 2017. Baksh, Cable and Harris were joined by fellow first sergeants volunteers to hand-deliver plates of cookies to their Airmen in the dorms during the holidays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez)

Master Sgt. Scott Harris, first sergeant with the 319th Logistics Readiness Squadron, right, delivers a plate of cookies to Airman 1st Class Austin Erickson, lodging assistant with the 319th Force Support Squadron, during the annual cookie drive on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., on Dec. 4, 2017. Erickson is one of the hundreds of Airmen living in the dorms who each received a plate of treats donated by members of the Spouses Club on base and the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Elora J. Martinez)

Master Sgt. Scott Harris, first sergeant with the 319th Logistics Readiness Squadron, right, delivers a plate of cookies to Airman 1st Class Austin Erickson, lodging assistant with the 319th Force Support Squadron, during the annual cookie drive on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., on Dec. 4, 2017. Erickson is one of the hundreds of Airmen living in the dorms who each received a plate of treats donated by members of the Spouses Club on base and the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez)

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. --

The holiday season is a great time to get together and celebrate with family, especially for Airmen who haven’t been home in months, but the truth is not everyone is fortunate enough to do so.

The Airmen in the dorms who have to or choose to stay on base during the month of December received a sweet surprise on Monday, Dec. 4 from a group of generous bakers willing to share the love.

“Getting something home-baked, I think that can make their day,” said Nicole Lindgren, one of the base’s Spouses Club members. “I wanted them to have something to make them feel loved by the community and base,”

Lindgren has participated in the cookie drive the last two years, but outdid herself this year by setting a personal record.  She baked nearly 500 cookies for the drive, starting four days early in order to successfully achieve her massive goal.

In addition to the 41-dozen cookies she baked, Lindgren reached out to the community asking for donations. Her efforts reaped just over 150-dozen other mixed treats given to her by members of the local area who wanted to give back to the military during the holidays.

“Go big or go home,” Lindgren said. “I wanted to make sure everyone gets some.”

Members of the base’s Spouses Club collectively baked and donated upwards of 3,000 cookies for the drive this year so they could provide Airmen in the dorms a full plate of fresh, home-cooked sweets in hopes to increase espirit de corps and morale.

There were so many cookies and treats donated this year in fact, there were enough to give trays full to some of the squadrons on base to include the 319th Security Forces Squadron, 319th Civil Engineer Squadron, 319th Medical Group and 69th Reconnaissance Group.

Efforts of the many volunteers did not go unappreciated by the Airmen, who each got a plate full of mixed goods which included not only cookies, but fudge, popcorn balls, caramel or chocolate-covered pretzels.

“It’s nice to know people care about us,” said Airman 1st Class Jonathan Simmons, pest management apprentice with the 319th Civil Engineer Squadron. “We know we’re not alone and that there are people who are rooting for us and thankful for what we do for the country.”