10,000 cookies given to Sailors

UTCN Albert Vedutis of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 accepts a bag of cookies from Kiahna Barnes, 3, the daughter of Rosie Barnes of the Fleet & Family Support Center.

Photo by Andrea Howry / Lighthouse

UTCN Albert Vedutis of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 accepts a bag of cookies from Kiahna Barnes, 3, the daughter of Rosie Barnes of the Fleet & Family Support Center.

BU1 Tony Cato of the Naval Construction Training Center loads some of the 10,000 cookies donated to the Fleet & Family Support Center at Naval Base Ventura County for delivery to Sailors in the barracks and shipped to Sailors overseas.

Photo by Andrea Howry / Lighthouse

BU1 Tony Cato of the Naval Construction Training Center loads some of the 10,000 cookies donated to the Fleet & Family Support Center at Naval Base Ventura County for delivery to Sailors in the barracks and shipped to Sailors overseas.

More than 10,000 cookies baked and packaged by local volunteers were delivered Thursday, Dec. 6, to Sailors living in the barracks at Naval Base Ventura County.

“Sweet!” said Construction Electrician 2nd Class Anton Skerl of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 as he accepted two beautifully wrapped packages of cookies handed to him by Julie Whirlow of the Fleet & Family Support Center (FFSC).

Brittany Barton, the deployment specialist for the FFSC, said this marked the 13th year of the project. Local retirees, spouses and civilians working on base donated everything from freshly baked chocolate-chip cookies to store-bought products wrapped in red and green.

Barton said one woman told her co-workers at a local bank about the project, and they all baked cookies that she dropped off in a giant box Thursday.

“We hope it brings some holiday cheer,” she said.

There were so many cookies that after the distribution at the barracks, the FFSC could still ship 20 boxes to Sailors deployed overseas.

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