The Gift of Hope – Host a May Bake Sale

Filed under: Bake Sale,Uncategorized — admin @ 7:45 am March 24, 2010

At Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, we encourage supporters to host bake sales all year long. Who doesn’t love cookies at Valentine’s or Easter, on a hot summer day or at a fun fall festival, and what’s November and December without fresh-baked holiday cookies? No doubt, we believe any time is a great time to support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer with a bake sale. 

But this spring, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is calling on all of our supporters to make May our biggest bake sale month to date, with the highest number of bake sales we’ve ever had. We hope to see our army of supporters fire up the ovens to bake and sell more cookies than we can even imagine. But it’s going to take lots of support to make that happen. In order to beat our single month record for bake sales, we’ll need over 350 bake sales held in May alone. That number may sound huge, but really, if people all across the country could do it in December, when it was cold, dreary and nearly everyone was busy with the holidays, it should be easy to make bright, sunny, warm May the perfect month for record-breaking bake sales.

But other than the pretty weather, why May? Well, we have a few reasons. . .

1. Mom. Yes, Mother’s Day is one important day in May, but really, why not make the entire month dedicated to the moms in our lives? Moms make us who we are, inspire us to dream, and protect us from the harms of the world. In the world of pediatric cancer, moms go from being inspirational to super-human – as they fight for their child’s life while working each day to keep the rest of the family’s life “normal.” So host a bake sale in honor of your mom, your girlfriends, your sisters. . .or in honor of all the moms of pediatric cancer warriors who see every bake sale as another sign of hope for the future. Columnist Betsy Flagler recently highlighted the power of moms in the fight against pediatric cancer in The Charlotte Observer – Personal Battles Lead to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Check out her story for an inspired reminder of the difference we all make.

2. Gifts. Please be sure to find your mom the perfect gift this Mother’s Day, but that is not the kind of gift we are tallking about. This May, all of our registered bake sale hosts will be entered to win amazing gifts from companies who believe in Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Vera Bradley, Kitchen Aid, Le Creuset, Built and others have stepped up with gifts that any baker or bake sale host would love. Stay tuned to this blog for details on all the prizes up for grabs. How do you win? Simply register your May bake sale and submit your funds raised to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer by June 5th. All completed bake sales are eligible to win. Drawing for prizes will be held Monday, June 7th and gift recipients will be notified by email.

3. Hope. Never doubt the power of a bake sale. Each time a bake sale is registered, hope is renewed in the hearts of families with children battling pediatric cancer. And there is no time like May, when the world thaws from winter and bursts into full bloom, to give the gift of hope every child deserves.

Register to host a bake sale. Do it to honor mom. Do it to win a great prize. Do it to give the gift of hope. Do it because if we all do a little, together it adds up to a lot.

Valley Ranch Elementary – Good Cookies in Action

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 5:11 pm March 7, 2010

The students of Valley Ranch Elementary School in Irving, Texas, are serious about supporting good causes. Last fall, when the school decided to organize a campus event to raise money for charity, everyone wanted to get involved, and they wanted to do it right.

First, the students researched different causes that seemed natural for an elementary school to support. Then, the school narrowed down the list to 3 causes for the school to learn about and vote on. When the votes were tallied, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer won the support of the student body. As a result of the whole-hearted effort, the school raised over $1,200 during their Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale.

But then, the Valley Ranch fund raiser took another fun turn. You see, school organizers wanted to present a special check to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer as a finale, and they reached out to our headquarters in New Jersey to see who from Cookies might be able to attend the special assembly in Irving, Texas. Well, it just so happens that two of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer’s longtime supporters, sisters Annette Oknefski and Debi Donaho, live within driving distance of Valley Ranch Elementary.

These sisters answered Gretchen’s first call to host bake sales in 2008, and have been friends and supporters ever since then. It delighted us to send Annette and Debi, as well as Debi’s husband Zane and son Garrett, as our Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Ambassadors to Valley Ranch Elementary.

So, thank you – to the teachers, students, and families of Valley Ranch Elementary as well as sisters Annette and Debi. Each and every person involved in the special check presentation that day is a Good Cookie and will forever be a member of the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer family!

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