What’s with Operation: Gingerbread Man?

Bobbi Snethen

Bobbi hails from Madison, WI, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin where she studied journalism and strategic communication. Following a stint as a freelance reporter, she served as a public relations professional in the nonprofit sector working to enhance community service through storytelling and online engagement.

In case you were wondering why we named a wildfire response after a delicious cookie featured in children’s stories, well, it’s because Bastrop County, TX is home to the world’s largest permanent gingerbread man “Smitty,” made from the mold of one seriously large edible cookie.

In 2006, Smitty weighed 1,308 lbs, 8 oz and measured 20 feet from head-to-toe. He consisted of 750 lbs of flour, 49 gallons of molasses, and 72 dozen eggs.


Operation: Gingerbread Man rolls on in Texas, thanks to 38 members who raised their hand to spend some time providing relief in the wake of the Hidden Pines Fire. Nice work, crew.