We just heard from Amanda, an amazing supporter in Naperville, Illinois, who held a bake sale on Sunday, December 21st outside the entrance to her local Trader Joe’s grocery store. At Cookies, we’ve been so excited about her bake sale. Amanda had registered her sale on the website, used many of our online bake sale tools and generally knocked our socks off with planning expertise – donations were flooding in, her location was great and with hot cocoa and cider to offer, she was ready to keep her customers warm on the first official day of Winter.
Then, a crazy thing happened on the bake sale day. It was cold – really cold. Amanda’s bake sale was held on the coldest day in Chicago since 1996! When she went to set up, the temperature was -2 degrees with a windchilld of -20. And she still set up and sold cookies – for an entire hour! Amazing. What’s even more amazing is the $300 she raised in just one hour. Without a doubt, her willingness to stand in the cold paid off for all of us looking to raise money for a cure for pediatric cancers.
With many leftovers, Amanda took the remainder of her goodies to the downtown Chicago Ronald McDonald House later in the week to offer a nice holiday surprise to the families staying in the home away from home. The Ronald McDonald House was extra special to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer in December. Just two weeks earlier, Cookies co-founders Gretchen and Larry coordinated a volunteer effort to bake, package and ship 13,000 gourmet cookies to Ronald McDonald Houses across the country. The Witts know the challenges and loneliness of having a sick child and wanted to make sure families staying away from home with sick children during the holidays knew they were thinking about them and wishing them well.
Amanda, thank you for your dedicated effort to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Your bake sale represents the spirit of our goal to change the scary facts about pediatric cancer forever. Happy New Year and STAY WARM!