Cake Cups for Christmas: Humphreys volunteers bring holiday spirit to quarantine
1 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Jackie Williams, a Humphreys volunteer, assembles individual cake cups as part of the volunteer-led Operation Cake for Quarantine's Christmas Eve event here, Dec. 24. As many newly arrived community members are spending their holidays in quarantine, volunteers from across Humphreys have helped support Operation Cake for Quarantine's efforts in delivering cake cups to quarantine facilities across Humphreys, ensuring that those isolated feel a sense of holiday joy. (Photo Credit: Spc. Matthew Marcellus) VIEW ORIGINAL
Cake Cups for Christmas: Humphreys volunteers bring holiday spirit to quarantine
2 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - A volunteer adds frosting to cake cups during an event designed make and deliver individual cake cups to community members and Soldiers spending their holidays in quarantine, Dec. 24. The event was conducted and hosted by Operation Cake for Quarantine, a volunteer effort created by Kiri Peterson, a Humphreys High School Student, and her family in June, ultimately delivering 17,850 cake cups throughout 2020. (Photo Credit: Spc. Matthew Marcellus) VIEW ORIGINAL
Cake Cups for Christmas: Humphreys volunteers bring holiday spirit to quarantine
3 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Volunteers from across Humphreys dedicated their Christmas Eve morning to help support the volunteer-led Operation Cake for Quarantine's event assembling cake cups for community members and Soldiers in quarantine, Dec. 24. Split over two shifts, 75 volunteers helped to create and deliver 2,500 cake cups over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, demonstrating the Humphreys community's dedication and care for those in quarantine. (Photo Credit: Spc. Matthew Marcellus) VIEW ORIGINAL
Cake Cups for Christmas: Humphreys volunteers bring holiday spirit to quarantine
4 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - A Humphreys volunteer helps to assemble a cake cup as part of the volunteer-led Operation Cake for Quarantine's Christmas Eve event, Dec. 24. During this event, 75 volunteer split over two shifts assembled 2,500 individual cake cups to be delivered to Soldiers and community members spending their holidays in quarantine. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Cake Cups for Christmas: Humphreys volunteers bring holiday spirit to quarantine
5 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Cake-building materials are gathered prior to the volunteer-led Operation Cake for Quarantine's Christmas Eve assembly and delivery event here, Dec. 24. Since June, volunteers have assembled and delivered individual cake cups for those in quarantine, boosting their spirit and morale as well as demonstrating the love and care that defines the Humphreys community. (Photo Credit: Spc. Matthew Marcellus) VIEW ORIGINAL
Cake Cups for Christmas: Humphreys volunteers bring holiday spirit to quarantine
6 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Stacks of completed cake cups are organized as volunteers from across Humphreys prepare to pack and deliver them to those in quarantine during this holiday season, during the volunteer-led Operation Cake for Quarantine's assembly and delivery event here, Dec. 24. Every weekend, Operation Cake makes deliveries to quarantine facilities across Humphreys to help brighten newly arrived Soldiers, families and community members currently in COVID-19 precautionary quarantine. (Photo Credit: Spc. Matthew Marcellus) VIEW ORIGINAL
Cake Cups for Christmas: Humphreys volunteers bring holiday spirit to quarantine
7 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Kiri Peterson, a student at Humphreys High School and and the leading force and influence behind the volunteer-led Operation Cake for Quarantine, right, hands a box of completed cake cups intended for Soldiers to Command Sgt. Maj. Billy Budd, the senior enlisted advisor for 719th Military Intelligence Battalion, 501st MI Brigade, during an event assembling and delivering cake cups for those currently in quarantine and for other vital personnel during the holidays, Dec. 24. Peterson, along with her family, began assembling and delivering individual cake cups to newly arrived community members in quarantine in June, eventually expanding the operation to include volunteers from across Humphreys (Photo Credit: Spc. Matthew Marcellus) VIEW ORIGINAL
Cake Cups for Christmas: Humphreys volunteers bring holiday spirit to quarantine
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Cake Cups for Christmas: Humphreys volunteers bring holiday spirit to quarantine
9 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Volunteers help assemble cake cups as part of the volunteer-led Operation Cake for Quarantine's Christmas Eve event here, Dec. 24. Over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, 2,500 cake cups were delivered to Soldiers, families and community members in quarantine for the holidays as well as to essential military personnel, helping to bring holiday spirit and joy. (Photo Credit: Spc. Matthew Marcellus) VIEW ORIGINAL
Cake Cups for Christmas: Humphreys volunteers bring holiday spirit to quarantine
10 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Assembled cake cups created by volunteers during a Christmas Eve assembly and delivery event here, Dec. 24, are prepared to be boxed and delivered to newly arrived community members spending their holidays in quarantine. Operation Cake for Quarantine, a volunteer-led effort, has been creating individual cake cups for those in quarantine since June, delivering a total of 17,850 cups throughout 2020. (Photo Credit: Spc. Matthew Marcellus) VIEW ORIGINAL
Cake Cups for Christmas: Humphreys volunteers bring holiday spirit to quarantine
11 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Kiri Peterson, center, a student at Humphreys High School and the influence and force behind Operation Cake for Quarantine, a volunteer effort designed to bring cake cups to those in quarantine, poses alongside her family with Santa prior to a drive-by parade at Humphreys, Dec. 24. The Peterson family along with many other volunteers from across Humphreys create individual cake cups for newly arrived Humphreys community members, making deliveries nearly every weekend and demonstrating the close-knit bonds that define the community. (Photo Credit: Spc. Matthew Marcellus) VIEW ORIGINAL

CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea – As the holiday season envelopes Humphreys, those in quarantine due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may feel left out or especially isolated. Volunteers from across Humphreys, however, dedicated their Christmas Eve morning to support the volunteer-led Operation Cake for Quarantine, by baking, assembling and delivering individual cake cups for those in quarantine.

For the Christmas Eve donation, 75 volunteers split into two separate shifts – to comply with United States Forces Korea’s COVID-19 guidelines – baked 250 cakes and assembled 2500 individual cake cups, which were then delivered to quarantine facilities, emergency services and other military personnel throughout Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

“Although I have personally not gone through quarantine, I can imagine how difficult that would be, especially for people who are single or unaccompanied and away from their families,” said Angela Peterson, a volunteer leader whose family began Operation Cake for Quarantine. “Just having something out of the ordinary, something homemade and maybe unexpected, because sometimes they don’t even request one and we’ll give as many as we can, is a great morale booster. We’ve gotten a lot of appreciative messages from people and that’s what touches us.”

Each individual cake cup is hand-crafted by a team of volunteers from all ages and backgrounds. The cups are filled halfway up with cake, then topped off with cream, frosting and sprinkles before being boxed up and hand delivered to each quarantine facility’s change of quarters staff.

“We were in quarantine and we know that it’s hard, especially with kids, so to have something special like a dessert or treat is a big deal,” said Becky Hall, a volunteer and community member who, along with her family, supports Operation Cake for Quarantine. “I hope it just makes their day a little brighter. It’s a long two weeks and we understand that. Just to know that people care about them and are spending their time and energy to do this for them, makes a big impact.”

Operation Cake for Quarantine originally began in June, as the Peterson family’s attempt to care for and help boost the spirits of those in quarantine. A total of 17,850 cake cups have been assembled and delivered since June, reaching every corner of Humphreys.

“My mom and I were on Facebook and we saw what people were posting about quarantine those first couple of weeks,” said Kiri Peterson, a student at Humphreys High School and the leading force and influence behind Operation Cake for Quarantine. “We felt really bad because they weren’t getting much, so we wanted to do something. We actually started by gathering other types of snacks. But, because of my cake business that I do, we had a lot of scraps leftover from making cake that we would just throw away. So, we decided to just start putting cake cups together out of those scraps for them.”

The operation quickly expanded beyond the Peterson family’s ability to meet the soaring demand however, prompting the events to attract the Humphreys community as volunteers.

“We could do about 150-200 cake cups by ourselves, but once we got about 300 requests, it got to be too big,” said Angela. “So, we started reaching out to the other cake makers in the area and started to get their scraps and pretty soon that didn’t even suffice. So it just grew from there. We had a lot of friends come over and people from the community were offering to help. People who were in quarantine reached out and asked ‘Hey, how can I help out with this project?’, and that’s where a lot of our volunteers actually come from. A lot of them have been in quarantine, got the cake cups and appreciated them so much that the then wanted to do it as well.”

Now, every week, Operation Cake for Quarantine holds assembling and delivery events, relying solely upon the Humphreys community for funding and donations.

“I have never been in a community like this before,” said Angela. “It is mind blowing the amount of support that we have gotten. We just ask for donations and volunteers. We do this every week. We make over 1,000 and sometimes 2,000 cake cups and that’s a lot of money. Each cake cup costs 50 cents, so we’re going through a lot of money and funds.”

The volunteering effort encompasses all of the Humphreys community, ranging from individual Soldiers and families to more coordinated efforts by teams and organizations across the post.

“We’ve had the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) team helping us, who came with two shopping carts and decorated and walked across post with 140 cakes,” said Angela. “These BOSS representatives made the cakes by themselves, are using their funding to buy eggs, oil, cake mixes and making all this stuff to help support us, and it’s so humbling to see this support.”

The Peterson family and the volunteers who support the cake cup assembly and delivery have received countless feedback messages and positive responses from those who have received their cake cups, reinforcing their desire to continue helping newly arrived community members, Soldiers and families who are in quarantine.

“The best feedback is when people who were in quarantine get out and come help us,” said Kiri. “They donate and they come to spend their time with us to make these cups, and I think that’s what really stands out. The more that people give back, the more that we can do to help the community.”

More information about how to support Operation Cake for Quarantine can be found at their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OperationCakeForQuarantine.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported us,” said Angela. “We’re doing this every single week, even though it may be stressful to see how this will happen and how we’re going to pull this off, somehow we always manage and it’s because of the community support. There’s no way our family can do this by ourselves, and we appreciate that.”