JAY – Dozens of peanut butter, chocolate chip, oatmeal, molasses and other cookies were packaged Monday to be sent to soldiers in Germany, Japan, Asia and South Carolina.

Members of the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 33 in Jay have baked, bought or had cookies donated for Project Cookie Bake. Auxiliary Americanism Chairwoman Marlene Walker is heading the effort. Christmas for Soldiers organizer Lorraine Cushing also pitched in to help.

Sheila Weed, auxiliary first vice president, was in the kitchen at the AMVETS Hall packing cookies into baggies.

Each package will include a letter from the women, Weed said.

There was a stack at the end of the island counter ready to go.

The letters say:

“Dear Soldier,

This is just a little something to make your Christmas better.

We just want to let you know you are appreciated.

We hope you have a good Christmas and a happy new year.

All our prayers go with you.

All our love,

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 33, Jay, Maine.

The group received support for the program from Otis Federal Credit Union, which donated $150 for shipping, and Food City, which donated 24 dozen cookies.

The ladies are hoping to send out 25 packages or more to brighten a soldier’s Christmas.

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