Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Operation Christmas Cookie

  • Operation Christmas Cookie was more than successful. Read about it here.
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  • The wonderful smell of baking cookies filled the air in the Macon Area Career and Technical Education Center last week.
    Culinary Arts students taught by Maria Smith spent three days baking cookies for Macon Health Care Center's Operation Christmas Cookie project.
    "We contributed cookies last year, but this is the first year we baked this many," said Smith.
    MHCC has sponsored Operation Christmas Cookie for five years.
    "We do this the first part of December every year," said MHCC Administrator Rachel Richardson.
    The cookies were sent to the 1438th Military Engineering Battalion and others on active duty.
    "Members of the community also donated cookies and brought in names and addresses of those serving in the military," said Richardson.
    Students baked 1,447 cookies on Wednesday, 1,968 on Thursday and 1,352 cookies on Friday for a total of 4,467.
    "We surpassed our goal of 4,536," said Smith.
    Batches of Butterscotch No-Bake cookies, Snickerdoodles, Pecan Balls and Molasses Spice cookies were packed into boxes and prepared for shipping.
    Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students taped the postal mailing boxes together and prepared the address labels.
    "That was a huge help to us," said Richardson.
    Greeting cards made my MHCC residents and Immaculate Conception School were included in the boxes.
    Richardson estimates about 100 pounds of cookies were mailed out to the soldiers on Friday afternoon.
    "The cookies should reach their destinations by Christmas," said Richardson. "Some areas take longer to reach than others, but we usually don't have any problems with them not arriving by Christmas.

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