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MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — At Misawa, ’tis the season for tinsel and cookies.

Base volunteers are readying for the 12th annual cookie caper, when thousands of cookies will be hand-delivered to all unaccompanied U.S. and Japanese military personnel and Defense Department civilians.

Donated cookies can be left Monday and Tuesday at the main base chapel.

From 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday, curbside drop-off will be available, as volunteers receive cookies from people in their cars. Cookies also can be dropped off inside the chapel until 4 p.m.

On Tuesday, cookies will be accepted inside the chapel from 8 a.m. to noon.

Tech. Sgt. Ami Bruce, a surgical services craftsman with the 35th Medical Group, is heading up this year’s caper with Tech. Sgt. Michael Silva.

“Our goal is just to make sure that every unaccompanied military or civilian member at Misawa Air Base gets a little taste of home,” Bruce said. “We’re way out here in Misawa. We just want to make sure that they know someone is thinking about them.”

The base has about 2,200 unaccompanied members, including personnel on temporary duty, Bruce said. Last year, more than 1,700 trays with cookies and candy were handed out, she said.

Volunteers will accept homemade or store-bought cookies. Candy must be store-bought and individually wrapped.

Cookies will be given to first sergeants — and Army and Navy equivalents — beginning Monday.

“They’ll distribute them however they see fit within their units,” Bruce said.

Prizes will be given to those donating the cookies judged best in presentation and taste.

For more information, call Bruce at DSN 226-6018 or e-mail: cookiecaper35@gmail.com.

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