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Over 900 Pounds Of Baked Goods Donated To Enfield Cookies For Camouflage Drive

“I couldn't be more proud to be from Enfield,” event organizer Lori Gates said in regards to Sunda

ENFIELD – Over 900 pounds of donations were collected Sunday in the fifth annual Cookies for Camouflage campaign.

Cookies for Camouflage was started by Enfield Hooah, a military support web site run by Enfield resident Lori Gates. Organizers estimate about 903 pounds of baked goods were brought to American Legion Post 80 Sunday.

About 885 pounds will be divided among 19 members of the military from the area who will be overseas this holiday season. About 18 pounds were donated to the South Park Inn, a homeless shelter on Main Street in Hartford.

"I couldn't be more proud to be from Enfield," Gates said, in response to the generous donations area residents made.

Sunday was a blur according to Gates, "but a blur of happiness… so many people, so many smiles, so many helpers."

Sue Fluckiger, from Enfield, donated 1,095 dozen cookies, Gates said.

Fluckiger could not be reached for comment.

Gates, who lost her husband Terrill in October, decided to push on with the cookie drive. Terrill inspired Lori to create the Enfield Hooah website.

"Terrill would want to make sure the folks overseas knew that we support them, so it needed to get done," Gates said.

Terrill enlisted in the U.S. Army at 17. His father and grandfather served in the U.S. Army, his father during the Korean War and grandfather during World War I.

Terrill spent five years in active duty before leaving the military for a short time. He returned later and rose through the ranks, retiring in 2011 as a first sergeant of the 226th Transportation Railway Operating Company in Chicopee, Mass., after 24 years of service.

In 2010, Cookies for Camouflage's first year, 346 pounds of baked goods were collected. In 2011, 551 pounds were collected; in 2012, 742 pounds were collected, and last year, 902 pounds were collected.

Information on upcoming Enfield Hooah events can be found online at the Facebook group "Enfield Hooah" or the web site,

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