'Operation Twinkie'; A mother's effort to provide sweet care packages for the troops


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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 11/01/2013 9:41 pm Published: 11/01/2013 8:36 pm


A golden, crème filled pastry that was once vacant from the shelves is now a commodity for some of the troops overseas.

Trisha Monroe’s son, PFC Zachary Powers Wilson, is serving in Afghanistan. He told FOX23 via Skype that a care package from his mother containing Twinkies was like ‘gold.’

Trisha said that she took that delight and turned it into a mission. The soldier’s mother created “Operation Twinkie” to provide tasty care packages to soldiers serving overseas.

Trisha said she recently shipped three large boxes filled with Twinkies to her son’s battalion.

“Each box weighed about 54 to 55 pounds,” said Trisha.

Zach told FOX23 that the soldiers were thrilled when they received the care packages about a week after they were shipped.

“They started grabbing the boxes and tossing them into the crowds,’ said Zach, “Everyone had the biggest smile on their face.”

Trisha said that she decided to take the mission to the next level and created an “Operation Twinkies’ Facebook page. She is asking others to donate boxes or postage.
Trisha’s mother, Sandy Powers, is helping her daughter in her effort to collect treats for the troops. She said that he church in Sapulpa has already donated to the cause and said that she hopes others will follow suit.

Zach said that the kind gesture means more than he can describe.

“If they have some kind of little something from home, even if it is a Twinkie, it gives a big motivator to keep going and doing what you are doing,” said Zach.

Trish said that she hopes people will help her in her mission to give and show the troops that others are thinking about them.

“It can be all branches of the services I just want to give them a little taste of home while they are deployed.”

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