Service Members in South Carolina, Gulf Coast Region Enjoy National Oreo Cookie Day with the USO

Not too many people know that one of America’s most popular cookie brands has its very own national recognition day, but the USO centers in South Carolina and the Gulf Coast region, have this day marked on their calendars each year, March 6 – National Oreo Cookie Day.

According to nationalday.com, the Oreo cookie is made up of two chocolate disks containing a sweet cream filling and is loved by millions. Since its introduction, the Oreo cookie has become one of the best-selling cookies in the United States. These little cookies have captured our hearts and our stomachs.

In preparation for National Oreo Cookie Day USO South Carolina worked with Lowes Foods, a popular grocery store chain in South Carolina, to collect packages of Oreos purchased and donated by shoppers for the USO to distribute.

During the week leading up to National Oreo Cookie Day, USO South Carolina delivered 5,205 family size packages of Oreos to service members on duty in the Charleston, Columbia and Greenville, S.C., areas to brighten their day.

“We look forward to this day each year, said Katie Kennedy, Senior Operations and Programs Manager, USO South Carolina. “We work with each military installation’s leadership, their respective training schools and South Carolina National Guard to identify who will be on duty around the 5th and 6th of March, and wouldn’t mind a covert Oreo cookie delivery, as we wanted to surprise service members on duty while minimizing any disturbance to their duties or training on National Oreo Cookie Day.”

“Thanks to the USO South Carolina for delivering Oreos to celebrate National Oreo Day with us. Even the masks couldn’t hide (the Airmen’s) smiles when we showed up with packs of Oreos for everyone,” said Master Sgt Andrea Restivo, 20th Maintenance Group, Shaw Air Force Base.

USO Gulf Coast also joined in the festivities, coordinating an Oreo cookie drive-thru pickup for service members and their families at the USO Gulf Coast location, as a morale booster and to celebrate National Oreo Cookie Day.

Throughout a service member’s military journey, it is often the little things that brightens their day, and USO South Carolina and Gulf Coast did just that on National Oreo Cookie Day.

- Katie Kennedy contributed to this article

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