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Family and friends gather at Hackettstown home to make thousands of cookies for troops (PHOTOS)

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – Every Saturday following Thanksgiving, a local Hackettstown group of friends and family gather to bake thousands of cookies to support military heroes.

(Photo: Courtesy Cookies For The Troops)

Cookies For The Troops, which was founded by Santina Flynn after her son Justin joined the Marines, is a group of moms, dads, sons, daughters, family members and friends who get together every year for a day full of fun and laughter. The group is committed to spending the day baking cookies and treats to pack and send to troops deployed over seas.

Santina passed away this summer after a 5-year battle with breast cancer. It was her wish that this tradition live on to give military a little piece of home while they’re away sacrificing for us.

(Photo: Santina Flynn/Courtesy Cookies For The Troops)

This is the charity’s 12th year and the group baked 3,694 cookies beating the record of 3,028 set the previous year. They used 50 pounds of flour, 22 dozen eggs, 45 pounds of butter, and more ingredients to bake over 15 varieties of cookies.

(Photo: Courtesy Cookies For The Troops)

The care packages, which will be sent to military members who can’t make it home for the holidays, also included Santa hats, frisbees, toiletries and games.

(Photo: Courtesy Cookies For The Troops)

 For more information about Cookies For the Troops click here.

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Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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