Groups bake cookies for U.S. soldiers overseas

By Brooke Kelley - bio | email

GARDEN CITY, GA (WTOC) - Every couple of months the Bomber Girls, a women's motorcycle riding club, sends care packages to U.S. soldiers overseas.

In just a few days, they'll be sending military service men and women their next batch of homemade cookies. But not all of the cookies are coming from home.

A small town in the Midwest is also baking up a storm to give soldiers a taste of home.

More than 12,000 cookies will be baked, packed and delivered. The effort began in the small town of Westville, Ind.

They will end up in the hands of soldiers who are stationed overseas. Bomber Girls president Cindy Hashaw said she was contacted by a friend who lives in Westville, Ind.

"We have friends from all over the world that ride lady motorcycles that believe in the cause," said Hashaw. She said that they decided two weeks ago to get together. The VFW, all the people in the town and this is what we've come up with," said Hashaw.

The reason this small town wanted to take part in this shipment? They wanted to honor of one of their own - Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua Birchfield, who was killed almost one year ago in Afghanistan.

Hashaw said she knew they were making lots of cookies, but was shocked when the shipment arrived.

The cookies made so far nearly fill up an entire trailer, which doesn't include all the cookies locally.

"We hope they get them by Valentines Day," said Jill Ward, vice president of the Bomber Girls. "We hope they open the boxes and get a smile on their face and say this is home and they care."

The Bomber Girls are collecting cookies throughout the weekend.

On Sunday they will be collecting cookies from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at John's V-Twin.

They're packing them up Monday evening. The packing party, where all the cookies will be accumulated at the Savannah Wingmen Clubhouse on 69 Ross Road in Savannah at 6:30 p.m.

The cookies will then be shipped out Tuesday morning.

For more information go to the Bomber Girls website at

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