Baking for the Troops: Operation Baking Gals

June 24, 2009 at 6:51 pm | Posted in Operation Baking Gals, Randomness | 2 Comments

Recently my fabulous friend Clara at iheartcuppycakes told me about a blogging group called Operation Baking Gals and she thought I might be interested in it.  So I looked it up and yes!!  Sounds like something I would LOVE to do!  As most of you know, my little brother…er, I should say YOUNGER (19) not little, is serving in Iraq with the Indiana National Guard.  He has been there since February and we are keeping fingers crossed the  he gets to come home in either December or January.  My other blog has more information on him —->


(My brother is third from the left…this is his “ride” – a Blackhawk!)

My family and I love sending care packages to him.  They LOVE receiving things from home.  When I saw this wonderful baking group, I knew it was perfect for me!  I get to bake AND do something good at the same time?  Sign me up! 

I have now signed up to be a team leader for Operation Baking Gals for the July shipment.  Now all I need is a team of bakers!  I have a few people who have already committed but I definitely need more – I need to get about 20 people if at all possible.  It’s very easy-all you have to do is make some baked goods that can be shipped overseas (basically just nothing that will melt), and ship them out between July 1st and July 11th.  The baked goods will all go to my chosen soldier – my brother – and he will then disperse them throughout his group.  How awesome is that??  I’m beyond excited to be a part of this group and I hope I can continue to be a part of it. 

An excerpt from Operation Baking Gals site:

Baking GALS (GALS stands for Give A Little Support) is a group of volunteer bakers who bake and ship homemade goodies to our heroic troops that are currently deployed.  Each soldier is “Hosted” by a blogger, and potential bakers are “recruited” from the bloggers own site as well as the GALS site.  Each Host recruits between 20-25 bakers, meaning LOTS of goodies get delivered to our soldier…so many, in fact that he or she has plenty 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 recieving 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, maybe even his favorite cookie…and he will know in advance that he will be on the recieiving 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 barage of goodies.

So who wants to help out with my team???  I realize it’s kind of short notice but you have almost two weeks to get it done.  Support your troops and get to do something you like to do at the same time! 

If you are interested in being on my team, please email me at and I will send out all of the necessary information once the team is all together. 



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  1. Me? Fabulous? Tell me something I don’t know! HA! Glad you signed up for OBG. Can’t wait to see what your bro thinks! I wonder if I could figure out how to ship cupcakes to Iraq without frosting complications. Thinking… thinking…

  2. I just sent you an email. I’m interested in helping! This is an awesome idea.

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