Monday, November 15, 2010

information about Operation Baking GALS

Many of you know that I enjoy working with the group Baking GALS. I am participating this round by leading a team for my friend Karen's nephew. I would love to have you join Team Caring and Sharing and send goodies to Jon in Afghanistan. 

First I'll give you some information about the organization from Baking GALS website
who we are
Baking GALS (GALS stands for Give A Little Support) is a group of volunteer bakers who bake and ship homemade goodies to our heroic military men and women who are currently deployed.  Each soldier is "Hosted" by a leader and bakers join that team. Everyone ships within the same time frame meaning LOTS of goodies get delivered to our many, in fact that he or she is bombarded and has to share with their fellow troops!
Why do we do it this way?  Why not just ship to "Any Soldier"?  Well, we don't know "any soldier" - and "any soldier" doesn't know us. And receiving baked goods from a stranger, while probably safe, is frowned upon and in many cases, those Any Soldier gifts could be thrown out.  Baking GALS will introduce you to a soldier.  You will know his name, a little bit about him/her, maybe even their favorite cookie...and he will know in advance that he will be on the receiving end of a cookie bombardment - so everyone is prepared.  It is a safer way to treat our troops, and it helps them to know when to expect a barrage of goodies.
why we do it
We are a group of people who want to show our support and love to those currently deployed in a war zone. We want to make sure they know there are people back home who appreciate all they are sacrificing for our freedom. We bake and ship once a month all within a week. Our goal is to bombard them with tastes of home. 
Our goal is to remind those willing to sacrifice their lives for our continued freedom is NOT unnoticed or NOT appreciated! We want to overwhelm them with a feeling of home and support! As well as give them enough to share with the others around them!
how it works
Each month starts a new round. There are team leaders who “host” a person in the military. Their job is to recruit team members to bake for their team and then when the time comes to ship give the team members the address. Each round participants read about each of the members of the military being “hosted” and chooses which team(s) they would like to send to. We also have added baking for those wounded and recovering back in the United States. Everyone signed up for the round bakes and ships together within 10 days. We are working together as a country to show our support. You do not need to have a group near you to join.  

No comments: