Fudge and pinwheels, chocolate chip, sugar and peanut butter cookies.

All the classics were there, neatly packaged and ready for delivery, the accumulation of weeks of planning and hours of baking.

The Krausmans delivered platefuls. So did the Gordmans and the Kays. Nancy Jacobson, too.

On Christmas Day, Omaha’s Jewish community delivered treats — Operation Grateful Goodies — to the metro area’s first responders, hospital workers and Rose Blumkin Jewish Home.

“It’s a way for us to give back to the community,” said Zach Krausman, a senior at Millard North High School. “We’re not doing anything else in particular on Christmas.”

Zach was there with his parents, Laurel and Hazzan Michael Krausman. About 60 volunteers took treats to about 60 destinations.

This is the first year of the cookie-delivery project, and the Krausmans were headed to two fire stations in southwest Omaha and Lakeside Hospital.

“It’s a beautiful idea, and we wanted to be part of it,” said Michael Krausman, a member of the clergy at Beth El Synagogue.

Volunteers from Beth El Synagogue, Beth Israel, Temple Israel, Chabad and the Jewish Federation of Omaha baked, packaged and delivered the cookies. Everything was homemade and some was kosher, which means it was prepared in a manner and with ingredients consistent with Jewish law.

Linda Saltzman and the Miriam Initiative spearheaded the effort.

Saltzman said the effort acknowledges those people who are away from their family on a holiday that’s important to them — all to make everyone else safe.

“We know they are away from their families and that it’s tough,” she said. “This is a way for the Jewish community to say thank you.”

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