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  • Cookie Corps collecting items for soldiers overseas

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  • HERKIMER — The Cpl. Michael Mayne Cookie Corps is encouraging the community to fill the box at the Herkimer Town Assessor’s Office, at 114 N. Prospect St., Herkimer, with donations for soldiers.
    Laura Hailston, coordinator for the Cookie Corps, said all the gifts will go to soldiers at the courtesy room at Syracuse International Airport.
    “Many soldiers pass through the Cpl. Gregory Harris Courtesy Room every day,” she said in a news release. “It is difficult to be heading overseas on a long deployment during the holidays. Knowing they will be away from family and friends is especially difficult. For several years, we have taken them gifts during the month of December. It gives them a small feeling of home and of a caring community.”
    Hailston provided the following list of items that can be donated: warm caps in black or khaki, winter gloves for men and women, hand and foot warmers, thermal socks, Dunkin Donuts or McDonald’s gift cards, AA battery multi-packs, magnets or small picture frames, lip balm, chapstick, moisturizing eye drops, chocolate, beef jerky and big bags of trail mix.
    Wrap items before dropping them off at the donation box. Hailston said putting different items in one gift is “a great idea.”
    “We like gifts to be in the $10 range. If there is something specific for a woman, label it with a tag as such,” she said.
    The container at the assessor’s office will be there until Dec. 5, when Hailston and Ron Schoonmaker will pick it up. They will transport the gifts to the courtesy room in Syracuse, where volunteers will hand out the presents to military personnel during the holidays.
    “On behalf of the Cpl. Michael Mayne Cookie Corps, I want to thank the community for stepping up and continuing to support the troops,” said Hailston.
    Anyone interested in joining the Cookie Corps may contact Hailston at 894-0854.
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