Woman turns passion for baking into thank-you for soldiers

A North Texas woman turned her passion for baking into a special reminder of home for U.S. soldiers, including one from Grand Prairie.

It started on a whim four years ago, doing something nice for troops overseas.

"When I first started doing this, I was sending as many as two or three boxes a week," said Gerry Hunters.

But recently, health challenges have slowed her cookie roll.

"Had my pacemaker installed and now this year I've had my hip replaced," said Hunters. "I have osteoarthritis all the way down the right side of my shoulder, clear on down to my ankle."

Her major hip surgery was just over three weeks ago, and motivation to get back in the kitchen came from a stranger in uniform. He's a soldier from Grand Prairie who's deployed in Afghanistan as a pilot and a captain.

He took the time to write to Hunters, thanking her for the delicious and carefully-packaged treats.

"And I want to let you know that your cookies have been flying in cockpits from one ship to another," Hunters said, reading the letter that Andy Littel's had sent her.

With her daughter's help, Hunters found Little's parents in Grand Prairie. She called them and thanked them for raising such a great son.

She told them it was their son's kind-hearted gesture that got her up and about, giving friends quick tours of her patriotic home, and of course, to fire up the oven once again.

"His birthday's the 30th," said Hunters. "That's what his daddy told me. I said I was already planning on sending him another box of cookies because he sent the thank you. But I said, ‘Now I've got to get cookies sent so he gets them in Afghanistan by the 30th of June.'"

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