"Cookie Lady" Bakes for Troops

Since the first Gulf War in 1990, Jeanette Cram's home oven has cranked out more than 28,000 cookies for American troops, simply because she heard they like to get them. Now she's known as the Cookie Lady.

"Well, I ain't but one somebody, but I'm a busy somebody," she said.

"We used to be amateurs, but now we're professionals," fellow baker MaryAnn Strayer said.

The Cookie Lady is now a three-person operation, with the high demand right now. There's paperwork, and packing, aside from the cooking, and making sure the delicious desserts get overseas in a timely manner.

"They have a new general over there doing postal, he realizes the importance of the morale," observed Cram.

The Cookie Lady still specializes in, of course, cookies, but she's also branched to include almost anything a service member could need out in the field, including toothbrushes, Oil of Olay, wet naps, candy, toilet paper, peanut butter and ketchup.

"For some reason they want ketchup," Staryer told us.

If you'd like to help get cookies to the troops, email the Cookie Lady at cookielady@treatthetroops.org, or visit the website.

Reported by: Chris Cowperthwaite, ccowperthwaite@wtoc.com