Alpharetta First Showers Troops With Oreos


(North Georiga Advocate) In February Dr. Don Martin, senior pastor of Alpharetta First UMC, met a young service man on an airplane who was returning from 18 months duty in Iraq. When asked what he missed most while away, the soldier immediately said, "Oreos. Double Stuffed."

Martin promised him that Alpharetta First United Methodist Church would make sure that all his buddies in Iraq would be showered in Oreos.

On June 28, for the church’s annual Patriotic Sunday worship service, members donated Oreos in honor of the men and women that serve this great nation. SunBelt office supplies donated all the packing and shipping materials and had their staff attend worship that Sunday, then stay after to pack the shipment. Various neighborhood groups also took up collections of Oreos and funds to cover shipping costs. The Oreos keep pouring in.

To date, Alpharetta United Methodist Church has shipped more than 1,400 packages of Oreos to Diyila, Iraq province just north of Baghdad, where Command Sergeant Major Frank Leota has arranged to have them distributed via helicopter. More Oreos are waiting to ship and money is still being donated.

"I wish we could do even more," said Martin. "But the simple gift of a good cookie and the promise of our prayerful support has great meaning."

This article appeared in the July 17 edition of the North Georgia Advocate. To subscribe to the Advocate, visit