VFW Post ships more than 300 boxes of cookies to military

Andrew Valderas avalderas@brownwoodbulletin.com
Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3278 Auxiliary package more than 300 boxes of Girl Scouts Cookies into 29 boxes that will be shipped to local members of the military. Pictured (from left): Ebby Cooper, Debbie Daniel, Margaret Kerby, Nancy King, Jane Masters and Joyce Leidig.

Stationed nearly 6,000 miles away in Bosnia and Herzegovina as a member of the United States Army, Jane Masters relished each package she would receive in the mail from friends and family decades ago.

“It let me know they were thinking of me,” said Masters, who was often mailed cookies, cards and cheese, though “it was sometimes already melted by the time I got it.”

To Masters, it was the thought and act from her loved ones that was more important.

“I remember how much I appreciated getting packages.”

Masters, now a retired major who gave 24 years of service, joined other members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3278 Auxiliary on Tuesday morning to help package more than 300 boxes of Girls Scout Cookies into 29 boxes for military members with ties to the area.

Auxiliary member Joyce Leidig said 24 of the boxes will be shaped within the state while the other five will be mailed to those already deployed, some as far as Iraq and South Korea. Sixth-graders at May Independent School District also wrote letters for the soldiers.

“We love our military and will always support our troops,” said Leidig, who is hopeful the packages will be shipped by Friday.

Leidig said she'll usually get contacted from family members of whom serve in the military so they can send gifts.

The Girl Scout Cookies donations were provided by 94 different businesses and organizations throughout Brown and Coleman County. Girl Scouts of Central Texas has partnered with Wendlee Broadcasting in previous years to allow the generous act of service to happen.

After helping ship thousands of cookies and other items to deployed military members, Leidig said she and the helpers often get told from them, “Thank you for taking the time to do all this.”

“We try to help the families as much as we can,” she added.