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Peterson Space Observer

Cookies for the troops

(Courtesy photo by Leslie Hough)  PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Members of the Peterson, Schriever, Cheyenne Mountain Spouses’ Club collect and box up cookies, candy canes and hot chocolate packets during the Cookies for the Troops drive, Dec. 2. The cookies collected from the base and community were distributed to the base dormitory residents and 24 hour operation centers on Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB and Cheyenne Mountain AFS.

(Courtesy photo by Leslie Hough)
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Members of the Peterson, Schriever, Cheyenne Mountain Spouses’ Club collect and box up cookies, candy canes and hot chocolate packets during the Cookies for the Troops drive, Dec. 2. The cookies collected from the base and community were distributed to the base dormitory residents and 24 hour operation centers on Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB and Cheyenne Mountain AFS.

By Senior Airman Tiffany DeNault

21st Space Wing Public Affairs

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.    The Peterson, Schriever, Cheyenne Mountain Spouses’ Club geared up to spread holiday cheer with its annual cookie drive Dec. 1 and 2 at Peterson and Schriever Air Force Bases.

“The Cookies for the Troops event is where donated cookies will be given to the Airman and the 24 hour centers at Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB and Cheyenne Mountain AFS,” said Rhonda Chozinski, spouses’ club president. “This annual tradition helps bring a little holiday cheer to the troops.”

Members of the spouses’ club volunteered to accept the cookies and distribute the cookies in their own containers with a candy cane, a hot chocolate packet and a handwritten card by local children.

“I volunteered to help bring a little bit of home to the Airmen who can’t make it home for the holidays,” said Elva Bower, spouses’ club special activities chair. “For some, it might even be their first holiday away from home.”

Not only are the cookies donated from members of the Air Force bases but also the local community. Community members dropped off their donations at the Peterson AFB Visitor Center.

Getting the community involved helps with improving the working relationship and support between the bases and the community, Chozinski said.

“The spouses’ club is here to support the troops, the families and charitable organizations throughout the community and the Armed Forces,” she said. “A lot of the money we raise goes directly to the community causes and Air Force causes.”

The spouses’ club also gives out about 10 $1000 scholarships each year with money raised from sales at the Peterson Thrift Store.

For information about the spouses’ club visit their website www.pscspousesclub.org or their Facebook page,
www.facebook.com/pages/PSC-Spouses-Club.

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