Nellis Cookie Drive: Delivering cheer at the end of the year

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  • By Airman 1st Class Ryan Whitney
  • Nellis AFB Public Affairs
More than 1,000 Nellis and Creech dorm-dwelling Airmen returned home Dec. 17 to festively-decorated bags of treats put together by the Nellis community as part of the annual Airmen's Cookie Drive.

The gift bags were stuffed with a wide assortment of treats like cookies, brownies, and candies and were put together by different organizations and volunteers throughout the Nellis community.

"The support that we have received from the base has been amazing, and there were more than 20 volunteers from across the base," said Mrs. Robin Bartley, one of the cookie drive organizers and wife of Col. Michael Bartley, 99th Air Base Wing commander.

The Nellis commissary donated more than 4,000 cookies to the drive, bringing the total number of cookies to more than 12,000.

"We wanted to bring holiday spirit to all the Airmen who live in the dormitories, and we hope the holiday cheer will end up overflowing to the rest of the base," said Mrs. Lori Worden, chief cookie-drive organizer and wife of Maj. Gen. Michael Worden, United States Air Force Warfare Center commander.

The donated baked goods where delivered to the basement of the Nellis Chapel, where volunteers stuffed the treats into the decorated bags.

"It is important to do these kinds of things because it shows the younger Airmen that they all have an extended family at Nellis and that they aren't alone for the holidays," said Tech. Sgt. Louise Arthur, a volunteer from the 58th Rescue Squadron.