Say Thanks to a Veteran with Cookies

A favorite dessert, snack, and sometimes even meal

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By David Hammond

Cookies are my favorite dessert, snack, and sometimes even meal.

I cannot imagine a person who would not like a cookie, and it's hard to imagine people more deserving of a cookie than those who've served in our military.

Oak Park entrepreneur Kathleen Frantz is the founder of Katy's Goodness ™, which she describes as "a good-for-you brand of cookies that has proudly supported America's military veterans since 2004."

This coming Veteran's Day (tomorrow!), Frantz hopes to deliver "cookie care packages" to approximately two million veterans' doorsteps and to donate more than $3 million dollars to military veteran support organizations. 

According to Frantz, ""It's proven that random acts of kindness can make a difference in someone's life, and we're helping people do that for an important group of Americans.  Most dramatically, we could prevent a suicide by sending these care packages. Considering at least 22 veterans commit suicide each day, we could be sharing goodness with someone at a pivotal moment."

But these care packages are more than just random acts of kindness: they're a way to get information about support services into the hands of vets. Frantz explains, ""The care package is an important conduit for making sure our veterans are aware of all of the resources available to them. While the My OH Mega cookies get top billing, putting this important information into the hands of our veterans and continuing to raise much needed funds for veterans support organizations are at the heart of this initiative."

Each cookie care package costs $30 and contains six 4.8 ounce pouches of Katy's Goodness My OH Mega® Cookies. In the package is also a thank you card and information on organizations that support America's veteran community with housing, jobs, and education, as well as medical and mental health services.  Katy's Goodness ships packages directly to veterans on behalf of purchasers.  

We sampled some of Katy's Goodness cookies and they were not too sweet and seemed, surprisingly, designed to be kind of good for you. According to the label, they're are all-natural, 100% whole grain, high in protein and fiber and an excellent source of Omega-3.

Many people prefer soft cookies. I usually prefer crunchy cookies. Of the four cookies in the line, about half were crunchy and half were softer, so it's likely there will be a cookie style to appeal to both those who like 'em soft and those who like 'em crunchy.

I'm always on the look-out for good pre-workout snacks (something relatively high-carb and easy to digest) and while they last (which won't be long), Katy's Goodness cookies are going to be what I eat before visiting the health club.

If you'd like to send cookies to a veteran, you can order at the Katy's Goodness website:

Of course, veterans deserve our thanks every day of the year, and these cookies will be available to send even after Veteran's Day.


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