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Volunteer group needs military addresses for cookie packages

For service members in combat zones, mail can be a lifeline, reminding them that folks back home haven't forgotten them.

Residents of Las Fuentes Resort Village know this and that's why they're anxious to get more addresses of service members in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Connie Thacker is in charge of the cookie fund at Las Fuentes. She says the group of volunteers who have been baking cookies and mailing them overseas every week for the past four years is running out of addresses to send the cookies to.

"We're down to about 10 names," she said.

The group has seven bakers - some as old as 90 - who get together every Thursday to bake the cookies. Starbucks even donates coffee to send with the packages.

Each Friday, someone from the group then takes the cookies to the post office for mailing. The post office provides the group with special mailing boxes.

The group would like to keep doing this, especially since the U.S. military effort in Afghanistan is expanding and more troops are heading there.

But because the military no longer accepts packages addressed generically to "Any Soldier," the group needs specific addresses of actual sailors, soldiers, airmen and Marines stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan, Thacker explained.

"We could use some more bakers, too," she said.

Anyone with an address of a loved one in Iraq or Afghanistan who would like to get cookies can mail it to Thacker at 1035 Scott Dr., Apt. 365, Prescott, AZ 86301, or e-mail her at cbthac@cableone.net.

Anyone wanting to bake cookies for the troops can do so at home and then bring them to Thacker at the Las Fuentes Resort.

For more information call Thacker at 778-3983.

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