Thanks to all who showered Shaw with cookies

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Thanks community cookie bakers! You "Showered Shaw" with 3,825 dozen cookies in our 24th endeavor to sweeten up the holidays for our friends at Shaw Air Force Base. That's 45,900 cookies from a caring Sumter community. More than 5,100 cards accompanied the sweet treats delivered again this year to the Visitors Center at Swan Lake-Iris Gardens. We are grateful to the City of Sumter for its use.

Shiloh UMC is the 2016 Cookie Champion with 379 dozen, followed by Bethany Baptist (337 dozen), Crestwood High School (300 dozen), Lakewood High School (224 dozen), F.J. DeLaine Elementary School (175 dozen), Career and Technology Center (158 dozen), Willow Drive Elementary School (156 dozen), Sumter High School (120 dozen), First Presbyterian Church (115 dozen), Mayewood Middle School (105 dozen), Oakland Primary School (104 dozen), Crosswell Elementary School (100 dozen), Kingsbury Elementary School (97 dozen), Shaw Heights Elementary School (92 dozen), Cherryvale Elementary School (89 dozen), Ebenezer Middle School (85 dozen), Millwood Elementary School (82 dozen), Pocalla Springs Elementary School (75 dozen), Goodwill Presbyterian Church (72 dozen), Lemira Elementary School (71 dozen), Bates Middle School (70 dozen), Dalzell UMC Church (63 dozen), Chestnut Oaks Middle School (60 dozen), R.E. Davis Elementary School (58 dozen), Alice Drive Elementary School (55 dozen), Wilder Elementary School (54 dozen), Furman Middle School (54 dozen), Hillcrest Middle School (53 dozen), Manchester Elementary School (53 dozen), Westminster Presbyterian Church (53 dozen), Alice Drive Middle School (52 dozen), High Hills Elementary School (51 dozen), Cherryvale (51 dozen), Grace Baptist Church (50 dozen), St. Anne/St. Jude (50 dozen).

Thanks to these leaders! Other schools providing cookies were: Rafting Creek Elementary School and St. James Lutheran School.

Other churches providing cookies were: First Baptist and Harmony. The remaining cookies were provided by DAR and individuals. Thanks to each of you!

Special thanks to Lakewood National Honor Society members, Christian Compton, Naomi Duran, Sydney Gonzales, Madison Harris, Shenia Ingram, Sinan Jackson, Justin Johnson, Jonathan Roberts, Matthew Rodgers, Logan Singleton, Kyena Williams and advisers Jennifer Wolfe and Michelle Robinson for their outstanding assistance receiving and unloading cookies, and also helping Shaw chairwoman Kipsy Gould and her group with packing and loading the Shaw truck.

Once again during another Christmas season, this community tradition involving so many of all ages, has provided an opportunity to remind Shaw of our appreciation and support of 75 years here in Sumter.

Many thanks again for making "Shower Shaw with Cookies 2016" so very special.

Have a wonderful Christmas.

Gratefully,

JO ANNE MORRIS

director, Sumter Volunteers