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Michele Chamberlain, spouse of Capt. Travis Chamberlain, helps two Marines with the Marine Corps Communication-electronics school, decorate sugar cookies at the Combat Center's Officer's Club in support of the Treats for Troops event Dec. 3, 2013.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Charles Santamaria

Combat Center Hosts Treats For Troops

7 Dec 2013 | Lance Cpl. Charles J. Santamaria

Marine Corps Community Services Food and Hospitality Catering and Events began the Holiday Treats for Troops event at the Combat Center’s Officers Club, Tuesday. Volunteers consisting of Combat Center Marines, sailors, and civilians, came together to make holiday treats for the spouses of deployed service members and Marines that will be spending their holidays in the barracks.

“It’s all hands on deck for anyone who wants to participate or volunteer,” said Candice M. Coward, Director, Food and Hospitality Catering and Events. “ It’s our way of spreading holiday cheer for those whose families are either not with them or too far away for them to spend time with.”

By the end of the event, there will be approximately 13,500 cookies and 6,800 pretzels made by volunteers and coordinators from several units aboard the Combat Center.

The coordinators of the event aim to distribute the cookies, pretzels and ginger bread men this holiday season. The event is open to anyone who wants to volunteer. For those who have already volunteered, the cookies and pretzels mean more than just a holiday snack.

“Although it’s only a small package with only a couple cookies and a pretzel, it’s a way for us to say thank you and to show service members that they aren’t alone for the holidays,” said Allison Barber, supervisor, Food and Hospitality Catering and Events.
MCCS plans to host the event again on Tuesday and Dec 17th for anyone else who may be interested in contributing. For information on how to volunteer or participate, call MCCS Food and Hospitality, Catering and Events at 760-830-8429.

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