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Family, friends gather at Hackettstown home to bake more than 2,500 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.

Cookies For The Troops (CFTT), is a non-profit that was founded by Santina Flynn, who passed away in 2019 after battling breast cancer, after her son Justin joined the Marines. The group spends the day baking cookies and treats to pack and send to troops deployed over seas.

The group carried on this tradition in her honor and had a modest goal of baking 2,500 cookies this year but they surpassed the goal by baking 2,511 cookies.

(Photo: Courtesy Cookies for the Troops LLC)

This year 50 pounds of flour, 36 dozen eggs, 25 pounds of butter, and additional ingredients were used to bake over 20 varieties of cookies which were packed alongside Santa hats, frisbees, toiletries and games, and sent to military who can’t make it home for the holidays. Several local elementary schools also wrote cards to put in the boxes.

“It was Santina’s wish that this tradition live on to give military a little piece of home while they’re away sacrificing for us,” the group said.

The group thanked Polos Bar and Grill, David’s Country Inn, Arden Mills in Easton PA, and other personal contributions.

For more information about Cookies For the Troops click here.

(Photo: Courtesy Cookies for the Troops LLC)
(Photo: Courtesy Cookies for the Troops LLC)

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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