Treats for Troops is once again issuing a call to arms and ovens by holding its second annual “Cookie Crusade” Nov. 24-25 at the First Christian Church of Ennis, 805 W. Baldridge St.

The group plans to send holiday packages to both Ellis County soldiers and other soldiers that have been adopted by the group. The cookies and other baked goods will be part of a homemade greeting sent to show appreciation for the soldier's efforts on the country's behalf.

"I think we owe it to the men and women fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan to let them know they are not forgotten and that their efforts are appreciated," said Treats for Troops organizer Harriett Adams.

Packages sent last Christmas contained baked goods from families all over the county and were such a hit that the group decided to try it again this year.

"We did something similar last year where we asked people to bake cookies to send with the holiday packages and the soldiers loved it! We received feedback that not only did they appreciate every crumb but they also shared with all of their buddies as soon as the packages were opened," said Adams.

The group is asking that as families gather for Thanksgiving and participate in baking all sorts of holiday treats that they make an extra batch or two of cookies for the troops. Flat cakes as well as any homemade type of treat that travels well would also be appreciated.

"We are asking that the items be homemade because we have found in the past that the slice and bake type of cookies just don't hold up to being shipped. We have worked mainly through trial and error to see what works best when it comes to mailing the packages and have found that that all food items need to be packed in small air-tight containers to avoid being crushed," Adams said.

Service groups and other organizations are being asked to participate in the cookie crusade and follow an example set by the Ennis High School students involved in the Texas Association of Future Educators and show their support by baking for the troops.

Adams says she has faith the people in the county will make this baked goods drive and the Christmas campaign successful.

“The response from Ellis County has been phenomenal! Since we began this mission over a year ago, we have sent five shipments to U.S. soldiers with the help of citizens, churches and organizations from Ennis, Waxahachie, Red Oak, Palmer, Midlothian, Ferris and all points in between. Everyone understands how important this is for the individual soldier. We continue to receive cards and notes of thanks from soldiers and company commanders that bring a lump to our throats. Regardless of how people feel about the war, they are united in wanting to support our men and women who are serving their country doing their duties daily in unbearable conditions," she said.

The church will be open for donations from 8 am - 5 pm both days.

For more information contact (972) 878-2400.