Bake Sale Backlog

Filed under: Bake Sale — Tags: , — admin @ 8:37 pm November 26, 2008

There are so many bake sale stories to tell, I need more than a few cookies to get through them. I need an uninterrupted, non-stop, bake-sale-blog-a-thon, complete with coffee and quiet, as well as cookies.

Rather than camping out on Thursday night/ Friday morning to get the best deals available on Black Friday 2008, I think I’m going to get up early, order some cookies from the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer cookie sale going on now and write up as many of the amazing, inspiring, wonderful bake sale tales as my hands can stand. Tonight, though, I’ll simply feature one AMAZING Cookie who took Gretchen’s birthday wish and made it her new life mantra: bake sale, bake sale, bake sale.

Meet Jennifer Fish of San Francisco, California. Jennifer is a more than a fan of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sales. She’s the poster cookie for the vision of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Since August, Jennifer has held three bake sales and is currently in the midst of a fourth Cookies endeavor. Here’s a quick rundown of how Jennifer has made Cookies a part of her everyday life.

1. Gretchen’s birthday wish became Jennifer’s birthday party – Jennifer began her bake sale odyssey moments after Gretchen announced her birthday wish for 100 readers of Prince Liam’s blog to host bake sales. She started with an email to all her friends with the subject, “This is very presumptuous but IF anyone wants to know what I want for my birthday I want cookies. I’m serious.” In the email announcement, Jennifer went on to say, “I would love to have a bunch of cookies to sell at various events between now and the end of the year.  So . . . if you are in the baking/philanthropic mood, I’d so appreciate any number of any kind of cookie or any baked goods you think I could sell.  Frankly, I don’t care if you bake them.  If you want to buy your favorite cookies that’s fine, too.  Don’t worry about packaging. I now own 2,000 lovely cellophane bags and tissue and am working on the gift tags. I simply want to help Gretchen raise money so other kids do not have to go through the hell Liam is going through.” With 5 minutes of prep time, Jennifer raised $150 that was then matched by her company’s match program. Tips: believe bake sale proceeds can make a difference and be willing to ask for donations.

2. Mitzvah Day is a way to get kids involved – After the success of her birthday bake sale, Jennifer then decided to organize a Temple bake sale as part of Mitzvah Day, which every Temple has. Mitzvah Day makes it easy to get the kids and the congregation involved with baking or selling. Jennifer’s sale tale has a special twist. . .after striking up a conversation about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer on a business flight, Jennifer enlisted Beth Jordan of Clif Bars to be in the Cookies army. Beth was immediately interested in supporting the cause and getting her company involved. Thanks to Beth, 600+ Clif Bars were donated to the Mitzvah Day sale. Tips: make Cookies a part of your life. Talk about it wherever you go. You never know when another good cookie is just waiting for the opportunity to help.

3. Election Day. . .remember our grassroots drive to get 50 sales in 50 states on Election Day? Even though Jennifer already hosted TWO Cookies For Kids’ Cancer bake sales prior to November 4th, she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to give it another go on Election Day. Her plan: in addition to baked goods, she and co-workers sold ‘recycled’ leftover Halloween candy.  They packaged it by color–red candy and blue candy.  Tips: If one bake sale is good, three must be better!

The latest news from Jennifer . . . she’s only just begun to spread the word about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Jennifer and a team of volunteers, including Fraya Berg who flew out from NYC to help her, just last week baked 100 lbs of biscotti to send to clients as holiday gifts and included info about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

You might be waiting for the right moment, the right event, the right timing to have a bake sale. Our message to you – stop waiting. Hosting a bake sale is simply the right thing to do, whether you raise $10 or $1,000. Your bake sale will spread the word to everyone around you about the immediate and desperate need for pediatric cancer funding. And if you cannot host a bake sale, simply click on “Buy Cookies” right now to purchase a dozen or more gourmet cookies from Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

No baking required

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 8:44 pm November 20, 2008

So, you’ve heard about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, but you’re just not too sure about hosting an actual bake sale. Maybe baking isn’t your thing. .. or maybe you don’t even know how to turn on your oven. That is OK. Here at Cookies for Kids’ Cancer we want the idea of a bake sale to inspire you to get involved in the fight to cure pediatric cancer in exactly your style. . .just like high school senior Codi Silver who recently raised $1,000 simply by doing something she loves to do, designing and selling stylish accessories. 

Codi learned about Liam at a Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale, then decided to put some of her other talents to good use to raise some more money in honor of Liam. In the Fashion Technology Class at Marlboro High School, Marlboro, NJ, the instructor complimented Codi’s bracelet with various-sized buttons strung together. Codi realized the simply styled accessory might be appealing to many. . .especially if the bracelet represented both good style and a good cause.

Codi searched the Internet and local craft stores for the perfect buttons, bought boxes of all-sized buttons and brought them to class. She and her classmates assembed and sold button bracelets for $2 each and made $1000, all in honor of Liam.

No flour necessary. No butter burned. All Codi needed to support the cause was a box of buttons, some good friends and enthusiasm. That’s not just good style, that’s a good cookie.

We hope you will be inspired to host a bake sale, even if you don’t serve cookies. And if what you really want is a delicious, gourmet cookie with no baking required, simply buy a box from Cookies for Kids’ Cancer today. Have a good cookie. Be a good cookie.

Spreading the word

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 8:49 pm November 16, 2008

At Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, we’re all about spreading the word right now. We want people to come and read our blog. We want readers to get inspired to become fellow soldiers in the battle against pediatric cancer. And what we really want is for everyone reading this blog to tell everyone you know or have ever known to BUY OUR COOKIES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON! Simply click on “Buy Cookies” to learn more and make your purchase. Having trouble? No problem. Send us an email asking for help. We’ll do all we can to make it easy for you to be a good cookie.

On this Sunday night, we want to leave you with an example of just how easy it is to spread the word about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Below is a note we received recently. . .

“I was so happy to see a bake sale going on as I walked with my 11 month old daughter to a local festival. On our way back I stopped to see the goodies and was informed of the cause. I’m so happy you are doing this - it’s wonderful to see people coming together to help such a needed cause. My friends and I are planning our own bake sale next month. You are such blessings to so many people, thank you!”

So just like that. . .an individual bake sale turned one customer into a bake sale host. We thank you for sharing our passion and giving your time for a cause so near to our hearts. We are here to raise the much-needed funds to support promising new research for better treatments for every child with every kind of cancer. We hope you join us.

Moderation

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 9:17 pm November 10, 2008

I remember eating with my grandparents as a kid while visiting their farm. The centerpiece of meals were fresh vegetables from the garden in summer and home-canned vegetables in winter. My grandmother baked a pan of cornbread most days. And at the end of the meal, my grandfather would always have a bite of something sweet. Sometimes it was a biscuit with Nana’s homemade apple butter. Sometimes it was a slice of cake. Sometimes it was a small bowl of ice cream with Hershey’s syrup. It never mattered to him, as long as it was a bite of something sweet to punctuate his meal.

From those gatherings, I learned many things about life and my grandparents and food. My favorite lesson about food was that “sweets” or dessert were not to be reserved for special occasions but rather enjoyed each day. Dessert was not an indulgence or a reward, it was as much a part of the meal as the fresh snap peas from the garden.

I guess the lesson of dessert being a part of life is why I quickly latched on to the concept of COOKIES as a symbol of how to raise money and awareness for the awful “C” word. Cookies are sweet and happy and represent a wonderful part of any day. Cookies are fun to talk about – the different types of cookies like chocolate chip or lemon sugar or oatmeal raisin (which happen to be the flavors of our Great Holiday Cookie Sale cookies). Cookies are NOT scary statistics about children with cancer or lack of funding for new and improved treatments. Cookies, to me, should be part of everyday – just like gratitude for good health and support for those not as fortunate.

But today, all of us at Cookies for Kids’ Cancer took note when The New York Times featured a story on the quickly vanishing bake sale due to concerns for childhood obesity. The end of bake sales? But we’ve just gotten started! Who knew that bake sales might quickly become an icon of the past only to be replaced by not-so-tasty fundraisers in the form of car washes?

We chatted back and forth today about how to honor the concerns associated with childhood obesity while remaining true to our vision of bake sales. Should we offer low-fat recipes or even a signature healthy living cookie to purchase? Should we encourage other types of fundraisers for our cause? Should we try to follow the California school regulations for our cookies – with fat and sugar substitutes? As parents – most of us here at Cookies for Kids’ Cancer are parents – we certainly want our children to eat healthy foods and make healthy choices and would never condemn efforts otherwise.

But you know what else? We want our kids to enjoy a good, old-fashioned gourmet cookie whenever they get the chance. We want our kids to savor the yumminess and crumbs and silliness of cookies. We want our children to make cookies a part of their everyday life – just like my PawPaw did and just like all children should. We want our kids to be kids.

We also want the adults out there, especially those reading this blog, to be the adults. We want you to protect your children, teach them moderation and more than anything, we want you to care about their future. And while you do all of that, we hope you will care about the future of pediatric cancer patients. We hope you will buy cookies during our Great Holiday Bake Sale. The proceeds of each cookie sold will keep new treatments for pediatric cancers moving forward.

We hope you savor each and every bite of our delicious gourmet cookies. They are best eaten in moderation with a generous heart.

Great Holiday Cookie Sale

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 8:36 pm November 9, 2008

Last year our Great Holiday Cookie Sale raised enough money to help fund a promising children’s cancer treatment.  This year our delicious, all natural cookies go on sale November 15th. More than 75% of the purchase price goes directly to pediatric cancer research and all purchases are tax deductible. Go to www.cookiesforkidscancer.org to place your orders. We hope you’ll support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and make a difference in the lives of children fighting cancer. Wishing you a healthy and happy holidays.

 

Pediatric cancer is the number one disease killer of children in the U.S. It is up to us to change this scary statistic. Together we can.

 

 

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a recognized 501(C)3 public charity.

Who is a bake sale host?

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 9:12 pm November 6, 2008

13,000 children a year are diagnosed with a pediatric cancer. The average survival rate for pediatric cancers is merely 25%. Funding from the government and pharmaceutical companies is limited.

Far too often, it becomes the mission and responsibility of the families of pediatric cancer patients to carry the weight of raising funds while caring for their warrior child. With that heavy burden and the enormous need for funding in mind, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer gives people everywhere the opportunity to share the responsibility of funding research studies, clinical trials and treatments that will lead to what everyone wants most – a cure.

At Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, we want to take all the hard, scary facts of pediatric cancer and make them a little less scary by spreading a little sweetness to people everywhere while raising money for the cause. All we need are people who are willing to give it a try. . .

People like the fireman  who is organizing a Cookies for Kids’ Cancer pub crawl in Manhattan to raise money.

People like the Boy Scout who is organizing a Cookies for Kids’ Cancer cookie sale as part of his Eagle Scout project.

People like the financial advisor in San Francisco who sold leftover Halloween candy at work just this Monday to raise some research funds while getting rid of all the sweet temptations.

People like the sisters in Texas who are hosting a no-bake sale making their family’s beloved no-bake ooey-gooey cookies by the dozen for friends to purchase at Thanksgiving.

People like YOU, with gifts and talents and creativity, are the bake sale hosts who will realize the perfect way you can help the cause of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Perhaps it will be a bake sale or a yard sale – a large event or small gathering – $20 or $2000 that you will donate or help raise to make a difference in the world of pediatric cancer. No matter what you do, every minute you commit and dollar you donate matters and makes a difference.

In the coming weeks, the number one way to support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is to order a box or two of our delicious gourmet cookies, beautifully packaged and shipped to you or to loved ones or to colleagues this holiday seson.

More than 80% of the cost of each box will go directly toward funding research projects. Last year, 96,000 cookies were sold raising $400,000 to move research for a significant pediatric cancer treatment forward. This year, we plan to keep the momentum going. Simply click “Buy Cookies” while at the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer website and order a box. Then, tell your friends and family about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

This season’s holiday cookie sale success will be all about people like YOU.

Election Day Bake Sales – Time for Change

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 8:58 am November 3, 2008

On the eve of what is undoubtedly an historic presidential election, our nation can look ahead knowing the winds of change are blowing. No matter your candidate, no matter your political affiliation, every four years the citizens of our country have the opportunity to be agents of change, simply by standing in line and casting a vote for president.

It seems only fitting then that Cookies for Kids’ Cancer launched during this season of change. If there is one ideal we stand for, it is change. We want to change people’s understanding of children’s cancer. We want people to know every year 13,000 children are diagnosed with childhood-specific cancers that lack appropriate funding to find a cure. We want people to know the harsh long-term side effects of the available treatments for these children. We want people to take notice and join us in the fight to change the funding, to change the treatments, to change the outcome. We want cures.

Just a month ago, late one night while brainstorming how to spread the word about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, Gretchen wrote the words Election Day Bake Sales and we knew it had to happen. What other moment in our national consciousness are we more aware of change than while standing in line to vote for the next President? What other audience of concerned citizens can we spread our message to more effectively than those waiting in line to vote?

We had a vision for bake sales at polling places, all across our great country. Beautiful spreads of baked goods, tempting those waiting in line and driving home the message of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. And then we started recruiting people, one state at a time. From California to Florida, Texas to Ohio, red states and blue states started signing up to have large or small bake sales on Election Day.

We added an extra twist, just for fun, by encouraging our hosts to create America’s Sweetest Exit Poll. We are hoping the donors will share their Presidential vote by selecting items with either red or blue ribbons or frosting or sprinkles. We wonder if our Cookies map will look like the Electoral College map. We cannot wait to see the support for change from all corners of our great nation.

Tomorrow is a big day for our nation and a big day for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. We believe it is an inalienable right of our citizens to vote, to have hope, to believe in change for the better. We also believe that at bake sales across the country, we will be spreading that hope in change for a better tomorrow by raising the much-needed funds to support pediatric cancer research.

As you cast your vote tomorrow, look for a Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale in your area. If you cannot find one, please consider making an online donation to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and tell us your vote for change. We believe in change. . .we hope you will join us.

Children should be healthy

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 8:35 pm November 2, 2008

Our blog here at Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is intended to inspire you to get off your rump and host a bake sale or fund raiser to support cancer research. We want to get you excited about a sweet endeavor for a worthy cause. But life with children’s cancer is no cake walk and as stories from bake sales throughout the country come in, we will, on occasion, arm you with both great ideas and powerful stories. . .in the case of this entry, a brief encounter with one customer who reminded us all of our purpose in being here. Read this blog entry from Regina Schrambling, a friend of Prince Liam and his family, for her tips and her customer experience.

 

“Lessons from a thrown-together bake sale organized by someone who had not done this since she was a Girl Scout 40-some years ago. . .

 

Seven women and one cabana boy raised just over $1,000 in five hours on Saturday, selling a combination of baked goods for people and puppies as well as cookbooks. The combination was key to success, and the single theme of food was great. Since my friends are wannabe carnival barkers, they corralled people walking to Central Park, the subway and the crosstown bus by yelling out the cause of raising money for children’s cancer research all afternoon. With a steady stream of traffic, our location was great.

 

Some things we learned: 

 

·         The cause really matters: people would stop when they heard “children’s cancer.”

·         People will pay in NYC but underselling helped; often people said, “Keep the change.” 

·         “Homemade” is also a very seductive word. Everything we put out was made by one of us except the dog biscuits Sue brought (homemade, but not by her because dog owners are very fussy feeders).

·         A whole cake will not sell. One of the volunteers donated a gorgeous glass carrier, so I baked a devil’s food layer cake to put in it, thinking we could sell both for a premium. Even the “happy birthday” rhinestone tiara on top did not help. We wound up selling by the slice late in the day.

·         Finger food, things that can be eaten while walking, sell best.

·         Cupcakes with sprinkles on top for kids were a huge hit; the sprinkles were key. Sue baked chocolate and vanilla, with pink and yellow frosting respectively.

·         Rice Krispies treats sold out first, though.

·         And you can never have enough brownies; one woman bought Rachel’s coconut brownie and came back later for another. 

·         Labeling was also helpful rather than having to explain what was in every cookie or biscotti.

 

Things just set out on trays or in bowls moved faster than those wrapped in little bags; there’s something about seeing food right out there. We had tongs, though, so people could see we were serious about hygiene. And we had lots of little bags to put the cupcakes and cookies in.  

 

Our neighborhood is diverse, but we realized we started selling too low and then made things a dollar. Pricing cupcakes at $1.50 or two for $2 moved them faster. Otherwise we quickly found 50 cents was a hassle with change.

 

Having the cookbooks as well as the baked goods was great because they lured people to the tables and kept them there browsing, which attracted more people. The fact that all the books were new was also important; we didn’t have musty, crusty old covers cluttering up the table. 

 

We needed a lot of hands on deck — we had two people selling baked things, one for books, one doing money and one floating. Sometimes people wanted to talk; a woman stopped to flip through the books when she heard “children’s cancer” and told me, “There is no god. I know because my little boy died.” “What happened?” “He was born with a lot of problems. Children should be healthy.” She didn’t want the sweets, but she bought two cookbooks.”

 

If we at Cookies for Kids’ Cancer were granted just one wish, it would be for children everywhere to be protected from the suffering associated with pediatric cancers. As if a child receiving a diagnosis of cancer weren’t terrifying enough, the treatment options are brutal and often leave these youngest of patients in extraodinary pain with long-term side effects, all for the goal of defeating evil, awful cancer. We, too, believe children should be healthy and are working tirelessly to create a world of less suffering, less pain, less fear and more healthy children.