On Saturday the kids and I did something that made me feel like a million bucks – we made homemade Christmas cookies to sell for a non-profit called Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. It’s is really true that giving feels so much better than receiving! My nieces Lexi and Nikki also came over to help and we all enjoyed working together for such a good cause.
I bought all the ingredients to make a variety of cookies: sugar cookies, snowball cookies, cream cheese mints, peanut butter kisses (though I bought the bell shaped kisses, and they made the cookies look like….well, you tell me what you think they look like!), White Trash Popcorn (recipe to come soon!), and amaretto truffles (here is my so-easy-it’s-ridiculous recipe for amaretto truffles!).
While paying for the ingredients the cashier asked me what I was making all the cookies for. I explained it was for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and she was familiar with the organization. She told me she lost her 10 year old nephew to cancer a year ago and she actually thanked me for what I was doing. It was a gift, and I hope to be able to pay it forward someday.
The girls helped mix and stir, unwrapped the Hershey’s kisses, rolled the dough into balls and were are official taste testers. Ethan helped do the same, and next year I think he’ll be able to make his own cookies – he’s getting so big.
The kids were so excited to help – besides the fact that they wanted to make cookies, they understood that we were doing it for sick kids…they even said a prayer before bed that the kids would all get better and thanked God that they were healthy. My heart swelled with pride.
It was an amazing experience and I hope that we can do this every year and make it a tradition. My nieces were excited by the suggestion, and were also very excited to help promote such a great organization. They posted pictures and updates on Facebook, and even their friends said they thought it was a cool thing to do and they wished they could help. Maybe next year we can have a HUGE bake sale with lots of hands and hearts making cookies!
While you might not be up to baking dozens of cookies to sell, I hope you will join in on the fun! You can exchange a virtual cookie with a friend at www.glad.com/Glad-Cookie-Exchange. GLAD will donate up to $1.00 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer for each cookie sold, exchanged or given this November and December 2012 – up to $100,000! It’s fun and it’s for a really, really good cause! So send me and your family and friends a cookie!
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