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Ramstein spouses collect 18,000 cookies for single, unaccompanied airmen over holiday season

Elizabeth Chambers, an Air Force spouse at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, boxes cookies on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, for the annual holiday cookie drive at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

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By JENNIFER H. SVAN | STARS AND STRIPES Published: December 14, 2019

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — There will be no shortage of cookies in the airmen dorms this year.

The Ramstein Officers Spouses Club’s annual holiday drive received 18,000 cookies over two days, enough to amply feed 1,500 single and unaccompanied residents at Ramstein and Kapaun Air Station.

“They just kept coming and coming,” Kristie Connolly, ROSC president and cookie drive coordinator, said Thursday.

Leftovers went to various agencies, she said, including the Fisher House, seven fire stations and the Deployment Transition Center, which helps personnel from bases worldwide adjust after returning downrange from a deployment.

More will to be flown to Africa, where some 1,500 Ramstein airmen are currently deployed, Connolly said.

Volunteer bakers included school groups, Boy Scouts, community organizations and individuals. Most cookie donations were homemade, Connolly said.

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Diana Stuart, an Air Force spouse at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, sorts through a box of cookies made with pretzels and candy Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. Thousands of cookies were donated for the annual holiday cookie drive, organized by the Ramstein Officers Spouses Club, for single and unaccompanied service members.
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Volunteers choose from a variety of cookies to box up for single and unaccompanied service members during the annual holiday cookie drive at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 12, 2019.
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These gnomes were among thousands of homemade cookies donated for the annual cookie drive at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 12, 2019.
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Community members donated more than 18,000 cookies in two days for the annual holiday cookie drive at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
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