Cooking Light “Bakes a Second Batch” for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer

Filed under: Bake Sale,Cookies in the News,Good Cookies,Inspire — admin @ 9:55 am December 17, 2013

In their December issue, Cooking Light kicked off a new initiative called “Bake a Second Batch,” which encourages consumers to do more “from-the-heart” baking to give to those in need (or even to those in need of a little lift). To get it started members of the Cooking Light team in New York City baked second batches to benefit Cookies for Kids’ Cancer!

Cooking Light, Bake a Second Batch, Cookies for Kids' CancerWith the help of more than 100 Time Inc. and GroupM employees, Cooking Light donated 1,896 packages of baked goods for 24 Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sales across the country during the week of December 9.

These 24 bake sales have raised $10,000 for pediatric cancer research to date (the funds are still coming in!). Thanks to ALL the Good Cookies who hosted bake sales as part of the #BakeASecondBatch initiative.

Be inspired to #BakeABecondBatch this holiday! Sign up to host a bake sale or cookie exchange with friends and family. Events can be as simple as baking holiday treats and offering them to colleagues, classmates or neighbors in exchange for donations! Sign up to host your event TODAY. And don’t forget to share photos and updates with us on social media using the #BakeASecondBatch hashtag too!

Photo 1There’s also a social media photo contest in which Cooking Light is inviting consumers to share their second-batch photos to win $500.  Consumers can submit their photos on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #BakeASecondBatch.  To learn more, go to www.CookingLight.com/BakeASecondBatch.

#OXOGoodCookies
Food Bloggers Raise $8,000 for Pediatric Cancer Research

Filed under: Corporate Partnerships,Good Cookies,Inspire,Recipes — admin @ 1:08 pm December 10, 2013

This past September, in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, our friends at OXO kicked off their annual Cookies for Kids’ Cancer campaign in a sweet way. To launch their $100,000 event match, (Sign up to host a bake sale today!) They asked a few food blogger friends to create confections (cookies, brownies or cupcakes) and share their recipes online.

OXO Good Cookies - Cookies for Kids' Cancer Bake a DifferenceOXO donated $100 for every #OXOGoodCookie, #OXOGoodBrownie and #OXOGoodCupcake recipe shared. The response was amazing – More than 80 bloggers rose to the occasion, helping OXO raise over $8,000 for childhood cancer research through this effort alone!

We want to thank the bloggers who participated, both for their support and for the delicious treats they shared. Take a look at the #OXOGoodCookies, #OXOGoodCupcakes and #OXOGoodBrownies below, then be inspired to start making a difference and get involved today!

#OXOGoodCookie Bloggers

Susan Bronson A Less Processed Life
Val Curtis Bonbon Break
Alaina Bullock Bullock’s Buzz
Carla Cardello Chocolate Moosey
Alexandra Azary Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker
Erin Sellin Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
Shea Goldstein Dixie Chik Cooks
Stephie Swope Eat Your Heart Out
Jennifer Martinez Juanita’s Cocina
Julie Evink Julie’s Eats & Treats
Stephanie Au Life Tastes Like Food
LeAndra Spicer Love & Flour
Jamie Sherman Love Bakes Good Cakes
johanna chong low sodium blog
Chelsy Ethridge Mangia
Jenne Kopalek Mooshu Jenne
Jennifer Drummond Peanut Butter and Peppers
Carrie Vibert poet in the pantry
Celeste Ward Sugar & Spice by Celeste
Sallie Kinard Texas Cottage
amie valpone the healthy apple
Jennie Phaneuf The Messy Baker
Chrissy Taylor The Taylor House
Marlynn Schotland Urban Bliss Life

#OXOGoodCupcake Bloggers

Julia Jolliff A Cedar Spoon
Brenda Score a farmgirl’s dabbles
Grace Mannon A Southern Grace
Donya Mullins A Southern Soul
Sarah Bates A Taste of Home Cooking
Melissa Bandera Blush and Jelly
Aly Cleary Cooking In Stilettos
Donna Currie Cookistry
Sydney Kramer Crepes of Wrath
Becca Thiele Crumbs and Chaos
Anna Hinman Crunchy Creamy Sweet
Brianne Izzo Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Daisy Thompson Daisy’s World
Megan Ginsberg Delicious Dishings
Katerina Petrovski Diethood
Stephanie Day Eat. Drink. Love.
Mary Cowx Fervent Foodie
April Aceto Food n’ Focus
Valerie Brunmeier From Valerie’s Kitchen
Lisa Riedl Garnish with Lemon
Liz Latham HoosierHomemade
Kaitlin Lunny I Can Cook That
Jeanne Hunt Inside NanaBread’s Head
Kara Miller Kara in the Kitchen
Azmina Aboobaker Lawyer Loves Lunch
Tanya Schroeder Lemons for Lulu
Marisa Guerrero Margaritas In The Rain
Lynda McMillen Me and My Pink Mixer
Lana Stuart Never Enough Thyme
Rachel Gurk Rachel Cooks
Aimee Shugarman Shugary Sweets
Michelle Keith The Domestic Mama & The Village Cook
Natalie Mclaury The Sweets Life
Matt Weber Thyme In Our Kitchen
Rachel Roe Tramplingrose: Cooking, Baking & Ranting in Small-Town...
Victoria Wilde Wilde in the Kitchen

#OXOGoodBrownie Bloggers

Stephanie Nuccitelli 52 Kitchen Adventures
maggie gill a bitchin kitchen
Jessica Tuttle A Kitchen Addiction
Jane Ko A Taste of Koko
Alida Fischbach Alida’s Kitchen
Jennifer McHenry Bake or Break
Rachel Conners Bakerita
Betsy Haley Betsylife
Carla Walker Carla’s Confections
Christine Carlisle Chew Nibble Nosh
Lauren Grier Climbing Grier Mountain
Diane Schmidt Created by Diane
Chung-Ah Rhee Damn Delicious
Joanne Bruno Eats Well With Others
Eva Meyer Eva Bakes
Lori Yates Foxes Love Lemons
Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez girlichef
Lauren Keating Healthy. Delicious.
Brandie Valenzuela Home Cooking Memories
Jocelyn Brubaker Inside BruCrew Life
Jennifer Richmond Kitchy Cooking
Jackie Gonzalez-Feezer La Casa de Sweets
Josie Young maede.for.you.
Krystal Regueiro Mrs. Regueiro’s Plate
Jessica Gatlin My Baking Heart
Kristen Llobrera Pixelated Crumb
Katie Compton Ruffles & Truffles
Nicole Aldridge Seven Ate Nine
Christina Mealy Stick a Fork In It
Liz Berg That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Susan Palmer The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Sherri Puzey the life of a wife
Nicole White The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie
Laura Tabacca The Spiced Life
Mallory Dash Total Noms
Melissa Karras Treats With a Twist

There’s No “Right” Way to Grieve

Filed under: Good Cookies,Inspire — admin @ 1:30 pm December 5, 2013

“A Chance to smile about the life of a little boy who fought a disease that’s underfunded and doesn’t play by the rules…”

This weekend, a group of Good Cookies in Charlotte, NC will host their 6th annual Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale. In their first 5 years, they raised over $500,000 for research – making a huge difference in the world of pediatric cancer research, and making their team of dedicated volunteers an integral part of the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer family. So, we began to write a post to honor their efforts, but then our worlds were turned upside down.

Just as we were writing the blog, we received the news that Grier, the son of Charlotte organizer Amy Christenbury, had come to the end of his courageous battle with cancer. At just 9 years old, Grier battled cancer for 6 years and 9 months. But he lived every moment of his 9 years. When we heard the news, we took a collective pause. How could we find the words to honor Grier, a boy with a heart of gold and a never-fading smile?

Then, as is often the case, his mom gave us words that were far better than anything we could write. Last night, she shared a post on Grier’s CaringBridge page that gives a glimpse into their world. Her words beautifully share memories of Grier while also shedding light on exactly why this weekend’s event is so important, and why every bake sale, every donation jar, every box of cookies ordered is so important.

Today, we’re sharing Amy’s words:

I think my friends and family are being asked a question that everyone wants to know… How are we doing? I think there are many answers to that question, and I am not going to answer for everyone in our house. We, as you can expect, have our ups and downs. The kids are back to school. Jeff went to work today, and I am in full bake sale mode. The busier I am the better, and I have functioned like that for a long time.

We have had some hard moments and conversations this week, but nothing compares to last week…or each scan report. I honestly don’t know if I have been numb for years or what? I don’t think I was numb, but I did live in the moment like Grier did, and for that experience I am thankful. I know Grier touched many lives and I know many hearts are grieving right now. He was really good at having a relationship with people.

One thing that has been repeated to me this week more than once is that we all grieve differently…there is no “right” way – I have enjoyed watching videos and looking at pictures of all our adventures over the years. That is not the same for everyone in my house right now. I purposely drive down Hillside to see the lights Grier loved.

I remember him standing and looking out the sunroof. Currently I am watching the tree lighting at Rockefeller Center in NYC and remembering the time Grier and I were there at the Ronald McDonald House during Christmas and saw it in person. It was a funny night, and not as “romantic” as it looks on TV but a night that we both talked about each year since.

I had to email his other doctors this week and share the terrible news. One of his doctors said they explored every avenue, while at the same time looking out for his emotional well-being. They wished they could do more. I hope this weekend gives us a chance to smile about the life of a little boy who fought a disease that is underfunded and does not play by the rules. His life was so much more than stage 4 neuroblastoma… He was a son, a brother, a friend, a student, a fan, an athlete.

So, as you heat up your oven, or wear your Cookie T-shirt, or come to Blackhawk Hardware this weekend…know that every dollar raised will be given to the top researchers in the country so that THEY can do more for the next child, and so one day this disease will be treated with less guessing and better medicine than the 20 year old drugs available to kids now.

– Amy Christenbury

Glad Gives Fun, Easy Way to Raise Funds With #SaveItSunday

Filed under: Corporate Partnerships,Donations,Good Cookies — The Good Cookies @ 7:11 am December 3, 2013

Glad #SaveItSunday - Cookies for Kids' CancerGlad has returned with their annual match to inspire you to get in the spirit and make a difference this holiday season. NOW through December, Glad will match ALL funds raised at bake sales and other events, up to $25,000, giving you the opportunity to automatically double the amount you raise for childhood cancer research!

And this year, there’s a special opportunity to help us meet the full match amount. Each month, Glad encourages their consumers to participate in a social media challenge to promote eliminating food waste, and they’ve dedicated December’s “Save It Sunday” challenge to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

To help us meet the $25,000 match, simply share your favorite baked treat online, along with the hashtag, #SaveItSunday. Glad will donate $1 for every Twitter, Facebook or Instagram post, up to $5,000!

We’re asking YOU to rise to the occasion and host a holiday bake sale or event AND to share your favorite treats on social media with the hashtag #SaveItSunday. Events come in all shapes and sizes, from collecting change at school to bake sales and cookie exchanges, and even 5Ks. No event is too small to make a difference, and if we all do a little, it adds up to a lot.

Find and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, and be sure to tag us in your #SaveItSunday posts! To tag us, simply include the @ symbol before our user name. Note: To hashtag, insert the # symbol in front of SaveItSunday, and make sure there are no spaces between words!

Together, we CAN change the facts of childhood cancers. So, Be a Good Cookie™ – Sign up to host a December bake sale or event TODAY.

If you’re looking for holiday event ideas or inspiration, simply email us. We’re here to answer any questions you have, and can provide you with the tools and resources you need!

How-To:
Host a Holiday Cookie Swap

Filed under: Bake Sale,Corporate Partnerships,Good Cookies — The Good Cookies @ 12:35 pm November 25, 2013

Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2013 - Cookies for Kids' CancerThe Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap is an annual event that brings together food bloggers from around the world in celebration of scrumptious treats, as well as to support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Organized by Love & Olive Oil and The Little Kitchen, the idea is simple – and the difference adds up. We’re thrilled to say that the food bloggers raised $14,000 for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer this year!

In honor of their efforts, and to inspire everyone to Be a Good Cookie™ during this season of giving, we’re sharing a how-to for hosting your own cookie exchange this December. If we all do a little, it truly adds up to a lot.

Here are simple steps to organizing your own cookie exchange:

    Cookies for Kids' Cancer Holiday Cookie Swap
  1. Make a guest list of anyone you can ask to join. You may choose to host a get-together where guests physically exchange cookies, or you may choose to host it online and open it up to those further away. Or do both! Either way, we’re here to help – and can even set up a personal fundraising page for you.
  2. Ask each person to make a small donation to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer when they sign up or RSVP. To keep things organized, we recommend directing guests to donate through a personal fundraising page on our website OR collecting checks/cash from participants and mailing funds in at once. How much you choose to ask is up to you.
  3. Select cookie recipes and get baking! Decide how many cookies each participant should bake. If you’re hosting a get-together, tell everyone to bring their cookies with them. For virtual events, collect each participant’s name and address in a spreadsheet, select a swapper for each swappee, and give each of them the other’s information.
  4. Holiday Cookie Swap - Cookies for Kids' Cancer
  5. Swap the cookies!How you swap is up to you! Some choose to do traditional cookie swaps, where guests walk around a table, selecting one cookie per plate the first round, two from each the second round, and so on. You could also choose to swap recipes, make a game of it, or provide each participant with another’s name and address, and have them bake and send cookies to each other. If you need guidance or ideas, just ask!

Cookies for Kids' Cancer Holiday Cookie Exchange, Glad, OXORegardless of how or where you swap, you can do TWICE THE GOOD in December! Our corporate partners Glad, OXO and King Arthur Flour are ALL matching funds raised at Cookies for Kids’ Cancer events this month. Simply select one of them as your inspiration when you register your event, and you automatically DOUBLE your fundraising power!

Sign up to host a holiday cookie swap TODAY!

Have questions or looking for a bit of baking or event inspiration? Email events@cookiesforkidscancer.org.

Happy baking!

Loving Like Liam:
A Special Guest Post

Filed under: Good Cookies,Inspire,Team Good Cookies — The Good Cookies @ 10:02 am November 20, 2013
Alison Berna recently ran the NYC Marathon – a daunting challenge. But Liam Witt’s memory, and the inspiring legacy he continues to leave, carried her through the finish line. A long-time friend of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, Alison and her Apple Seeds partner, Allison Schlanger, have raised more than $100,000 for pediatric cancer research. In this special guest post, she shares her experience, and explains how Liam has her back…in more ways than one.

The name Liam means strong-willed warrior or protector.  When my friends, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer founders Gretchen and Larry Witt, named their son nearly 10 years ago, they could not know just how aptly it would apply.

Cookies for Kids' Cancer - Liam WittIn Liam’s life, he embodied the meaning of a warrior.  He was a 3, then 4, then a 5 year old child fighting the beast that is cancer in a way that no adult could.  He looked it in the eye, with his shield and sword, and fought his best fight.

His enduring smiles told the world that he was doing OK, despite his tragic sentence.  His enduring friendship told me and my girls that he was grateful for his life, despite his short window of opportunity to embrace it.

In Liam’s death, he continues to be a protector.  This is clearly apparent in the way that the kids and parents who knew him infuse his memory into their lives.  I, for one, carry Liam with me every single day.  It’s hard to explain exactly how he runs so deeply within me; it’s sometimes a subconscious feeling. I know and feel that I hug my children a bit harder because of him as I know and feel that I seize each day a little more spontaneously as he did.  And my heart cherishes this world more passionately because he was in it.

Cookies for Kids' Cancer Team Good Cookies MarathonThat is why last weekend I wore Liam’s photo on my back during the 2013 New York City Marathon.

Everyone chooses to race or run a marathon for different reasons…my reason was simply to experience it.  I admit I did the marathon for me, as a personal challenge, as well as to provide a healthy example to share with my three kids.  But as marathon weekend approached, I kept looking for strength to battle feelings of anxiety, and I found myself turning to Liam.  I kept thinking about life, how short it is, and how I want to make every day matter.  I kept thinking about the people I surround myself with and how each of them plays a distinct role in the experience of my life.

I kept wondering why certain people have to fight for their precious life and why cancer rips so many of those lives away.  I thought about my friend Julie’s daughter, diagnosed last month with liver cancer and my friend Reem’s daughter, diagnosed last month with leukemia.  Two children in one month, in my small circle, having to stand up with a shield and a sword to fight this #1 disease killer of children;  the monster that is childhood cancer.  I thought about the thousands of children who have to look cancer directly in the face and fight it. Like a warrior. Like Liam.

The fact is we can all do our part.  Together, we can actually make this better.  There are too many kids fighting their brutal battle against cancer every single day.  It is the #1 disease killer among children.   These children are victims as cancer indiscriminately rips away the core of their innocence and childlike happiness.

What’s apparent is that there is one thing that CAN help – money.  Money for research, money for trials that will test new treatments.  Treatments that could save many children’s lives or treatments that won’t cause the horrific secondary side effects faced by the lucky ones who survive. It is up to us to help. All we have to do is give.

Cookies for Kids' Cancer NYC Marathon 2013Liam guided me through those 26.2 miles and I believe that he carried me through the crowds.  I found myself unconsciously touching Liam’s photo on my back at various points throughout the run.  I grabbed for him during the difficult moments, like that sneaky hill on 5th Avenue at mile 23.

But I grabbed for him during the joyous ones too, like running off the 59th Street Bridge onto 1st Avenue and feeling the throngs of the city’s energy surround me. He was there for it all.

Liam continues to live up to his name, Prince Liam the Brave, warrior and protector. The marathon was a reason for me to celebrate his amazing life, but it, I think, is somehow a microcosm of how we all live in this world. The ups and downs, the triumphs and travails, the mile 23 moments…

Through it all, it’s helpful to be reminded of the really big lessons the littlest people can teach us — to love the life that we have, to appreciate those around you, and to always, always, Love Like Liam.

–  Alison Berna

Be a Good Cookie™ - Make a donation today – and make a huge difference in the world of childhood cancers. You can donate in someone’s honor, and even select the type of pediatric cancer your gift supports.

And if you’re training for an upcoming race or want or are interested in coordinating your own fundraising event, we encourage you to join Team Good Cookies. Supporters nationwide, from Alison to the group of 40 that recently ran the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, are proving that you don’t need to bake to Be a Good Cookie™.

The Glad Match is Back!

Filed under: Bake Sale,Corporate Partnerships,Good Cookies — The Good Cookies @ 10:09 am November 18, 2013

Glad to Give - Cookies for Kids' CancerGlad’s annual match is back to inspire you to get in the spirit of giving and make a difference this holiday season.

This December, Glad will match ALL funds raised at bake sales and other Good Cookie events, up to $25,000, giving you the opportunity to double your fundraising power!

Since 2009, Glad has supported Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and in our efforts to raise funds for research to find safer, more effective pediatric cancer treatments. They’ve helped inspire thousands of Good Cookies to host events, which have raised more than $1 million so far.

What started as a simple idea – for Good Cookies to use Glad products to organize and store their baked goods – has transformed into a nationwide movement to pay it forward, and to inspire people to do what they love to help fight pediatric cancer during this season of giving.

NOW is the time to get involved. We’re calling on you to rise to the occasion to make every cookie count this holiday season by taking advantage of Glad’s gift.

Remember, every dollar counts. Events come in all shapes and sizes, from collecting change at school to bake sales and cookie exchanges, and even 5Ks. No event is too small to make a difference, and if we all do a little, it adds up to a lot. Together, we CAN change the facts of childhood cancers forever.

So, Be a Good Cookie™ – Sign up to host a December bake sale or event TODAY.

If you’re looking for holiday event ideas or inspiration, simply email us at events@cookiesforkidscancer.org. We’re here to answer any questions you have, and can provide you with the tools and resources you need to ensure your event is a success!

SNEAK PEEK: Glad has something special up their sleeve for Good Cookies! Stayed tuned for a special announcement coming soon!

Does $5 Million Make a Difference?

Filed under: Good Cookies,Inspire — Tags: , , — The Good Cookies @ 11:03 am November 12, 2013

In a word: YES…

As the holidays approach, we find ourselves embarking on a series of events we look forward to each year. This is the time when our annual grants – the ones made possible by the funds Good Cookies like YOU raise – are awarded. Our Medical Advisory Board reviews the promising proposals submitted, carefully selecting the ones most likely to become safer, more effective therapies for kids.

It’s at this time each year that we are filled with a range of emotions: Gratitude, Hope, Fear…The gratitude is for each person whose efforts have combined to make potentially life-saving projects a reality. The hope is an emotion we share with the families who get a second chance in the form safer, more effective treatments for their children. The fear is because, we can’t help but wonder if we are truly communicating the power of your support. Do you realize what you’ve made possible?

Quite simply, your support powers progress in research. In just 5 years Cookies for Kids’ Cancer has granted $5 million to research. And it’s in the stories of children like Morgan that remind us why we continue to fight – and how together we are making a difference.

Meet Morgan:

In 2008, Morgan was diagnosed with stage-IV high-risk neuroblastoma at the tender age of 5. While in the midst of milestones like starting Kindergarten, Morgan tirelessly fought through 6 rounds of high dose chemo, 2 surgeries, 14 doses of radiation and antibody therapy before showing no evidence of disease (NED).

Unfortunately, since then, Morgan has relapsed three times; twice in her bones and once in her bone marrow. And since then, she has undergone countless more rounds of chemo, radiation and therapy.

Today, Morgan and her family now have a renewed sense of hope, in the form of a promising new treatment…a treatment that Morgan, her family, and Good Cookies like YOU helped fund.

Her mother, Emily, recently wrote to us, saying…

“Cookies for Kids’ Cancer has held a huge part in giving Morgan hope. At age 6, Morgan helped Cookies for Kids’ Cancer raise funds for this very treatment, an antibody known as Hu3F8. Those letters and numbers may not mean anything to the average person, but to us they stand for HOPE. Currently, Morgan is on a two-year clinical trial of Hu3F8. This trial is keeping the cancer at bay, and she is finally able to live life as a normal 10- year-old girl.”

With your support we will continue to help more children like Morgan battle their cancers by helping the nation’s top researchers identify and develop safer, more effective treatments.  We ask that you continue to help us support this critically needed research this holiday season. Here are 3 sweet, simple and even fun ways to make a difference today:

1. Make a donation – You can make a secure, online donation, donate in someone’s honor and even select the specific type of cancer you want your funds to support. At Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, you can trust that your donation goes where it’s most needed – to the researchers and doctors bringing children like Morgan hope.

2. Send cookies or our special holiday sets as gifts – 100% of the profits from all of our cookies goes directly to pediatric cancer research. And our limited edition holiday gift sets are truly special, both including a copy of All the Good Cookies, our 2nd cookbook, in which all author proceeds are donated as well!

3. Host a holiday bake sale or other event – You’re probably baking for the holidays anyways, so why not make your holiday treats even more special? Gather friends and family together to have fun and bake goodies, then offer them in exchange for donations. Host an official event, or simply take treats to the neighbors, even get your kids involved by challenging them to collect change – it all counts and it all makes a difference! Because if we all do a little – it adds up to a lot.

Halloween Fun = Hope for Kids Fighting Cancer

Filed under: Donations,Good Cookies,Inspire — The Good Cookies @ 6:45 am October 25, 2013

Trick-or-treating is something nearly every child looks forward to. While many go for the candy, others love dressing up and getting to play with friends after dark! Either way, there’s no reason it can’t serve an additional purpose.

Last year, a dad bet his 11-year-old son Reid that he couldn’t go the entire holiday season without junk food. Reid rose to the challenge and surpassed expectations when he chose to go trick-or-treating. Rather than candy,  he collected change, and then donated it to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Inspired by his act, we wanted to share this idea, and show how to have a fun activity your kids will love that can also make a difference.

The Idea: Trick-Or-Treat Donation Boxes

Whether you do this as a family, or round up a group of friends, this is an activity anyone will enjoy.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • Boxes – Shoe boxes, tissue boxes, gift boxes…
  • Wrapping – Wrapping paper, craft paper, etc.
  • Scissors – If you have young children, do all cutting for them or before they begin
  • Tape and/or glue
  • Newspapers, plastic table covers or tarps
  • Markers, paint and/or crayons
  • Accessories – Stickers, glitter, rhinestones…the sky’s the limit!
  • Snacks – For the adults and the kids

ADDITIONAL SUGGESTIONS

  • Have the kids dress up in their Halloween costumes to get into the spirit
  • Make a playlist of Halloween songs or put a kid-friendly Halloween movie on to set the mood

STEPS

Step 1: Wrap the box in paper. If the box has a lid, you can either wrap it separately, or wrap the entire box at once.


Step 2: Using scissors, box cutter or small knife, cut a slot into the top of the box where donations will go.

Step 3: Once boxes are wrapped and cutting is complete, get everything set out and ready for the kids to begin.

Halloween Craft Activity - Donation Boxes

Step 4: Watch the kids work their magic!

Halloween Kids Activity - DIY Donation Boxes

Step 5: Be on stand-by in case they need help with gluing!

Halloween Kids Activity - Donation Boxes

Step 6: Admire the masterpieces

DIY Donation Boxes - Halloween Craft Activity

Step 7: Congratulate them for being such Good Cookies!

Be a Good Cookie - Halloween Craft Activity

Want to Be a Good Cookie and get your kids involved this Halloween? If you would like more information or have any questions, email us – Making a difference is FUN and we make it EASY!

Ready to register your event? (collecting change while trick-or-treating counts!)

Register TODAY!

No Time to Wait: Government Shutdown & the Reality of Childhood Cancer

Filed under: blog,Good Cookies,Inspire — Tags: , , , , — The Good Cookies @ 2:35 pm October 15, 2013

As the shutdown further slows childhood cancer advancements, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer founder, Gretchen Holt-Witt speaks out:

As the Founder of a national pediatric cancer nonprofit, I didn’t really expect the current government shutdown to bring awareness to the cause I champion. But then, The Atlantic ran a story on October 1, heralding the “saddest paragraph of the government shutdown.”

Cookies for Kids' Cancer, Op-Ed Letter from Gretchen Holt-Witt on Government ShutdownThe article revealed that, due to the shutdown, 30 children per week scheduled for clinical trials (many of which have cancer) at the National Institutes of Health would not receive treatment. Why? Because the NIH is federally funded, and over 75% of its services are now closed due to the shutdown. So you’re saying that kids’ lives are hanging in the balance due to lack of government funds? Readers were irate – With blood boiling, they found this fact to be entirely unacceptable. But it wasn’t news to me.

Annually, less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget goes towards research for all childhood cancers combined, which happens to be the #1 disease killer of children in our country. Flip that stat around – over 96% of national funding goes towards adult cancers, leaving our nation’s future and most precious resource with not nearly enough funding for adequate innovation. So are we sitting around, boiling mad, waiting for the government to provide more funds for children? Not for one second.

In 2007, when our 2-year-old son Liam was diagnosed with stage IV cancer, our oncologist told us, “Kids with cancer don’t make headlines.”

That same day, the headlines were filled with news of White House Press Secretary Tony Snow’s cancer diagnosis. Mr. Snow made headlines because he had lived long enough to make a difference in the world. Tragically, children do not have the opportunity to make that impact when they are saddled with a cancer diagnosis. Hence, the lack of headlines featuring kids.

Soon after Liam’s diagnosis, my husband and I learned of a promising new therapy in development at the very same cancer center where Liam was receiving treatment. Only one problem: it needed funding to move from the research lab to the clinic where it would be administered to children. That was the moment we learned there is simply not enough funding from the government to move all research along. And so the cancer center – filled with some of the top oncologists in the world – was depending on individuals and small foundations to fill the gap to help make the potentially life-saving treatment available for children.

My husband and I could not stand by, waiting for government funding. We also refused to wait for others to raise the money. Instead, we started a foundation called Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Our simple mission: to inspire individuals to “Be a Good Cookie™” and raise funds for childhood cancer research.

In five short years, our grassroots supporters that hail from all 50 states and over 4,500 cities world-wide have rolled up their sleeves, raised funds, and ultimately helped fund more than three dozen research projects, with half a dozen now in clinical trials.

Our sense of urgency remains driven by the fact that in August of 2011, we learned that the same promising research in need of funding that sprung us to action was being moved into clinical trial. Our funding helped. It was a small victory in a huge battle. But the taste of success was bittersweet, as it came just 7 months after we lost our precious Liam to this cruel, relentless disease. The treatment that we worked for came to be – just a bit too late for him. We never want another family to feel our endless sense of loss combined with the aching knowledge of what might have been.

So back to those 30 children making headlines while we wait for the federal government . . . if writing a check from funds raised by supporters of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer would help, I would do it right now. As a matter of fact, we tried to cover the cost of treatments for those children. But it’s the federal government, so it’s not quite that simple.

While we cannot open the doors of the NIH for those children, we do not have to sit around and wait for our government to play nicely – like we encourage our children to do. Instead, we must take action. And we’re asking you to do what you can to get involved today. Because no matter what, our headline remains the same: BE A GOOD COOKIE.™

Gretchen Holt-Witt – Founder of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer

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