Cookies for Soldiers

Last week - we told you about the death of Corporal Matthew Bolar in Iraq....

It's a tragedy that hit home at WSFA 12 - Matthew's mother Anne works for our Montgomery-based parent company, Raycom Media.

Now we'd like to tell you about an extraordinary effort that's come out of that sad news..

More than 100 dozen sweet treats for soldiers lined the meeting room table. They're in honor of Anne Adkin's sweet son.

"Anne had heard from Matthew's commander and he told her how much the soldiers enjoyed the cookies she sent once a month," said Anne's co-worker, Bob Thurber

With hearts breaking at Anne's loss, her co-workers cooked up the idea to touch the lives of others who loved Matthew.

"And we thought, 'well if they enjoyed one batch of cookies, then they'd really enjoy a few dozen," said Thurber.

Wverwhelmed, Anne supplied the address to Matthew's unit, the 1501st Parachute Infantry Regiment.

Oatmeal, raisin, chocolate chip... recipes Anne said included a little something extra...

"These aren't cookies. This is love. All these people are here. It's all love for my family....and for my little boy," said Anne.

"We owe these kids a debt of gratitude that we can't possibly repay. This is a small token of appreciation that it's the least we can do. The least we can do," said Thurber.

A memorial service for Corporal Bolar is set for May 12th, Saturday at two in the afternoon at Montgomery's Eastmont Baptist Church. He'll be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on May 16th.