After reading Carol Guest's new entry on the Cookie cafe web page http://www.kpcookiecafe.com/index.html I feel compelled to write. What an outrage that she must speak to those who have questioned the validity of where donations are going, (are you really concerned about how much eggs , milk and butter she is buying???) Those who have been involved with Cookie Cafe know the following to be facts: 1. Carol and Gene Guest and her loyal parent volunteers, work tirelessly, often on a daily basis, to prepare to organize what the Mids describe as the 'Best day of the week at KP" 2. Cookie Cafe gives parents (as far away as Japan) the opportunity to let their son or daughter know they are thinking of them by sending some favorite home baked goods, a birthday cake to mark the day in their absence, or any surprise to brighten their day(one it was even a parent who traveled a long distance themselves!!) 3. Like the environment of Cookie Cafe for the Mids where there are no class restrictions, the parents work together for one sole purpose..... the kids. No one pompously makes it known at every event that they are the 'president' or 'VP' of anything. All parents.. new, old and those from afar, are welcome. You don't need a title, there is no 'pecking order', EVERYTHING is done for the kids. 4. Her BJ's shopping receipts are available for anyone to see This is in sharp contrast what this parent has experienced over the last 3 years at KP at local and national KP parent events. Many of those who have put themselves in volunteer positions at KP on the national and local level, must remember that its not about them!! Its not about how many pictures with Sec'y LaHood or ADM Green they may be in, how many pats on the back they can give themselves on parents weekend!! Is it these same 'fame seekers' that are intent on bringing down those like Carol and Gene offering their time at KP in the true spirit of volunteerism? Work hard on your efforts but please do not seek to bring down others who are providing such a wonderful service to the entire regiment, and yes, that includes your kids!!! Do you really need to question if the few dollars donated by appreciative parents ACTUALLY goes to purchase chocolate jimmys or vanilla extract.....please. Examine your motives ladies and gentlemen and remember what it means to act in the 'spirit of volunteerism' Perhaps we should all follow the same motto our Mids must 'ACTA NON VERBA'