Some government workers based at Fort Meade have found a way to support the U.S. forces in Saudi Arabia that even their conservative hosts will consider in good taste.
Employees of the U.S. Army's Directorate of Engineering and Housing's Operations Division Waterworks are helping other federal workers at Fort Meade mount a private effort to collect 1,000 dozen cookies for what they call "Operation Dessert Shield."
They are chipping in with 50 dozen oatmeal raisin cookies purchased from the Original Cookie Co., located at Glen Burnie Mall.
Jennifer Glasgow, a civilian Army employee, said she chose oatmeal raisin, since they probably will travel better than other kinds, such as chocolate, which would melt in the heat.
Glasgow was drafted to pick up the $77.87 shipment of four large rectangular-shaped boxes, a mission she was happy to accept. "It's our gesture to support our brave men over there," she said proudly, "like the heros they are."
Glasgow said she doesn't have any family members stationed in the Persian Gulf, but emphasized that "everyone representing us is who I have over there. We want to help them keep up their energy and give them a touch of home."
Cookie store manager Bunny Solis said that she took the initial call from Glasgow earlier this week, but made the cookies last night and this morning to keep them fresh. This was her second "cookie care package" to the gulf.
"One person came in last week," Solis said, "and bought a cookie heart to send to her son about a week and a half ago."
That first shipment weighed just under 12 ounces, at the time the maximum weight limit allowable. Glasgow's 50 dozen cookies weighed about 19 pounds, and at the Cookie Co.'s standard deal of "buy one pound, get a half-pound free," she only had to pay for 13 pounds.
"We normally discount orders of $100," said Solis, "so it still works out cheaper this way."