United States military soldiers stationed overseas will soon taste the comforts of home.
The members of the Bomber Girls LRC Senoia shipped more than 200 boxes filled with a variety of mouthwatering and savory homemade cookies to troops worldwide.
The care packages were part of the Bomber Girls’ fourth annual Cookie Drive and Packing Party.
Each year, the group solicits donations of homemade cookies from the community, then quickly packs up the treats and mails them to soldiers deployed overseas.
“It's a great feeling when you see all the boxes packed up and ready to be shipped,” said Jackie Delisle, president of the Bomber Girls LRC Senoia. “We want to let them (soldiers) know they are not forgotten and we appreciate their service. I love it when they send us pictures of them smiling with their boxes.”
According to Delisle, the community donated more than 190 dozen cookies during this year’s event. In addition, the Newnan High School History Department, under the guidance of Steve Quesinberry, contributed more than 400 dozen cookies to the event as well.
“Once again, the community stepped up,” Delisle said. “Without the help of the community, none of this would be possible. Together, we can all make a difference.”
The Bomber Girls, an all-female motorcycle riding club, makes it a mission to help military soldiers, veterans and their families.
“I really liked the idea of giving back and to be able to say 'Thank you’ to the men and women who defend our freedoms,” said Delisle. “There are so many things I like about (our group). Our mission, the sisterhood we share, along with our love for riding motorcycles. I have also met some amazing people along the way who I never would have if not for the BGS.”
The Senoia chapter was created in March of 2014 and currently has five members.
But what the nonprofit organization lacks in numbers, they more than make up for in strength, said Delisle.
“We are small, but mighty,” she stated.
The Bomber Girls host several fundraising events throughout the year, including a “Christmas Card Signing For The Troops” in November and a “Biking Dead Tour” in April. The tour is a motorcycle ride that stops at different filming locations for the popular AMC TV show “The Walking Dead.”
“All of our proceeds from the events go towards either purchasing items for care packages, postage for the packages or (to help) local veteran causes,” Delisle said.
“We would not be able to do any of this without the tremendous support that we get from the community,” she added.
The women ride in the annual Veterans Day Parade in Newnan and then serve lunch to veterans at the Coweta Veterans Club.
The Bomber Girls also participate in the annual Memorial Day parade in Senoia.
The organization has other chapters in Savannah, Warner Robins and Valparaiso, Indiana.