Honor Their Service: Over 10K cookies donated to Ellsworth airmen

Team Ellsworth Spouse Club holds annual cookie drive

The United States was built on people fighting for freedom and the freedom of generations to come. We here at NewsCenter1 want to recognize those people and those who advocate for them here at home. This week’s segment of “Honor Their Service,” features a group helping airmen and women who live in the dorms at Ellsworth Air Force Base.

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – The Team Ellsworth Spouses Club has collected over 10,000 cookies to distribute to airmen on base who might not have the chance to be with family for the holidays.

Standing out front of Rapid City’s Sam’s Club, two weekends in a row, the club collected cookies to give to airmen living in the base dorms this holiday season.

“It’s kind of like living in a college dorm,” said Heather Ryan, vice president of the club. “They’re generally new to the base, and sometimes they’re new to the Air Force.”

And a lot of times, they don’t travel for the holidays.

“Hopefully, it’ll help lift their spirits if they’re not home with their family,” said Chelsey Mastalski, club president.

On Monday, the club filled over 1,000 bags with cookies and decorated them for the season.

“We just want to show them that we do care and there is family here,” said Ryan. “We are all family here at Ellsworth. This is not just a base-wide thing. The community just overwhelms us.”

Folks across the Black Hills dropped off not only store-bought cookies but also cookies made from scratch.

“We had some cute little reindeer cookies, like people put some time and effort into those babies. They were so cute,” said Mastalksi.

The club enlisted some extra help to get the cookies distributed – kids from St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Rapid City.

The kids carried the cookies to each floor and left them with letters full of merry wishes to let the airmen know the community is thankful for all they do.

The Team Ellsworth Spouses Club has been holding the cookie drive for over 10 years. Throughout the year, they enjoy giving back to the community.

In the past three years, the club has given out over $30,000 worth of scholarships and over $10,000 in community contributions.

For more information about this organization, visit www.ellsworthspousesclub.com.

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