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.