“Thank you for the extraordinarily beautiful holiday cookies that you prepared and delivered to the Crossroads Rhode Island Family Center. For the fourth year in a row, your group has brightened the holidays for homeless families who are unable to provide their children with the wonderful treats that make the winter holidays so special and memorable.” Crossroads Rhode Island family emergency shelter, Providence
If you've been reading The Perfect Pantry for a while, you might remember the story about Drop In & Decorate. Way back in 2002, my friend Candy and I read an article, or maybe saw a television show, about Martha Stewart's beautiful flooded-icing cookies. Like Martha herself, the cookies looked elegant. Composed. Perfect.
Candy, an artist, baker, and ever the optimist, said, "We can do that."
Ever the bake-o-phobe, I replied with absolute certainty, "No, we can't."
How we moved from no to yes, from our first attempts at decorating a few batches of cookies in my kitchen to a nonprofit organization about to zoom past the 10,000 cookies donated mark, is a great story, one I've already shared with you.
The idea behind Drop In & Decorate is simple: bake some cookies; gather a group of family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, your worship group or book group to decorate the cookies together; donate the cookies to a nonprofit agency serving basic human needs in your own community.
It’s a simple idea in a complicated world, something anyone can do.
Something you can do.
How about hosting or organizing your own Drop In & Decorate® event during the holiday season, with your friends, your kids, your co-workers, your moms' group, faith group or book group? There's lots of help available on the web site, where you can download a free guide that tells you everything you need to know.
December 4 is National Cookie Day, and someone, somewhere, some time in the next few weeks, or maybe on that very day, will decorate the 50,000th cookie for donation at a Drop In & Decorate® party to benefit a nonprofit agency helping people in need in their own community.
Will it be you?
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