Give a little support… with Operation Baking GALS
Now, if you’re like me, you may absolutely adore baking but loathe having dozens of cookies staring you down on the counter each day. That’s why I love baking and then giving away… so this is a perfect outlet just for that! Heck, licking the dough off the spoon is always the best part, right? So this next month, I signed up to send goodies to two different groups of soldiers through Operation Baking GALS, and I think I’ll try my best to keep up this tradition as often as I can.
Here’s a lovely flow chart to show how the operation actually works:
As you can see above… each team leader organizes a group to send goodies to a known soldier. They gather the efforts of up to 20 team members/bakers to create an awesome set of deliveries for the soldier and their friends/unit members. Everyone ships their packages within a 10 day window of time, so they get this wonderful barrage of treats in a 2-week time period! If you’ve ever been away from home and gotten a package of treats, you know just how immensely special that feeling is!
Here are the basics of participating in a Baking GALS round:
1) Register for an account at their website (in order to have access to sign up for groups). The approval process isn’t instant, and you may have to wait 1-3 days to get approved.
2) Go back and log-in to the website once you’re approved. Read the “Newbie’s Guide” to orient yourself on the site and how to participate.
3) Sign up for a group, read the details about the recipients (watch for food allergy issues), and get yourself baking!
4) When your package is ready, and the shipping window has arrived, send out your FLAT RATE APO box (only $12.50 to ship it!) and your goodies are off to someone who will truly appreciate them!d
Is anyone else out there a fellow Operation Baking GALS enthusiast?? Or is anyone ready to join the ranks?
The Nifty Foodie
I need to start doing this again, especially since it’s baking season! :) Great post!
Thanks so much for sharing! I’m unemployed and in between searching for jobs/reading blogs, I get kind of bored. This would be a great way to channel some energy! Definitely going to look into this :)
What a great idea! I absolutely love baking, but never know what to do with all the results – I certainly don’t want to eat them all myself! I’m gonna go look into this now…
ooh nice! as a former army brat, i should definitely look into doing this. let me know how it goes!
I love doing this. It’s such a great feeling shipping the boxes to the troops!!!
Thanks for visiting my blog! And this looks like a really great project…I might have to try participating soon.
I love this idea! I have been resisting the urge to bake for a while because I didn’t want to have it all sitting around my house, this sounds like the perfect solution! And something nice I can do for people who are giving up a lot.
Oh Mrs. Lemon (yes, you will always be Lemon to me) I want to reach through the interwebz and hug you! I just signed up for my first round – I don’t know which teams you’re on, but Team Lovin from the Oven is baking for my friend’s fiance and we’re having a baking party at my house in a few weeks. I’m so excited and honored to participate in this event. Don’t forget to join us on our Facebook page too!
I joined thanks to your post. I’mm looking forward to baking cookies this week.