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YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — A cookie in every dorm room? That’s the idea.

The Yokota Enlisted Spouses Club is gearing up for its sixth annual “Cookie Crunch,” recruiting volunteers to bake and bag the homemade treats for the base’s 900 single servicemembers. Each one gets a dozen, meaning Yokota ovens will have to pump out nearly 11,000 cookies in less than a week.

It’s an intimidating figure, for sure. But Nicole Galunas, a club member and event organizer, said the drive has become a rewarding Christmas tradition here.

“The inspiration for the ‘Cookie Crunch’ comes from being away from home, and wanting to share a little bit of home and family to those unaccompanied servicemembers who do not have family here,” she said. “Plus, it’s fun to bake cookies and share them with others.”

The donated dozens may be dropped off curbside at the base’s Traditional Chapel on Thursday from 7-10 a.m. They’ll get bagged, picked up by Yokota’s first sergeants around noon and distributed that afternoon to their troops.

The group still needs volunteers, Galunas said. So far, 40 people are committed to baking — accounting for about 250 dozen cookies — while another seven have signed up to fill brown bags.

Each year, the Yokota commissary donates cookie sacks, and base elementary school students provide the holiday touch by decorating them.

Chocolate chip cookies are the most popular contribution, organizers say, but variety is encouraged.

The only requirement? They can’t be store-bought.

To volunteer or donate to this year’s cookie campaign, send an e-mail to


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