Baby, it’s cold outside!

Filed under: Bake Sale — Tags: , , — admin @ 9:41 am January 12, 2009

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!

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.

If everyone does a little, together we will do a lot.

Filed under: Bake Sale — Tags: , — admin @ 9:29 pm October 23, 2008

Larry, Prince Liam, Princess Ella, and Gretchen

Larry, Prince Liam, Princess Ella, and Gretchen

You need more than yummy pastries to raise $2200 in an hour and a half. You need some good cookies. The Linens-N-Things headquarters in Passaic, NJ, is filled with many good cookies, including bake sale organizer Marcia Lemberg, VP for Merchandising.

 

When you talk to Marcia about the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale held recently at the LNT offices, you realize passion was a key ingredient to success. Marcia has known Liam’s family for years and follows Liam’s progress through the Prince Liam the Brave blog. When Gretchen made her birthday wish of 100 bake sales known, Marcia got busy making Gretchen’s wish come true.

She started with a simple email to the LNT staff, explaining Liam’s battle, the facts of pediatric cancer and the goal in mind. She emphasized Gretchen’s belief that if everyone does a little, together we will do a lot. When Marcia asked for support, more than 70 employees in the office committed to contribute. By the day of the bake sale, Marcia had organized sign-up sheets, a 50/50 raffle, a drawing for more than a dozen fabulous Linens-n-things door prizes and a beautiful display of tablecloth-covered buffets for the goodies.

Just a few of the many bake sale stories of generosity:

·         Donated items were more than just store-bought treats. Most of the items sold were home made by employees, including blueberry scones, hand-dipped chocolate pretzels and caramel apples, plus whole pies and cakes.

·         Every member of the executive committee came down to the bake sale and made a donation.

·         One of the MIS department leaders bought 100 cupcakes for his staff.

·         Another employee bought enough cupcakes to feed her 4th-grader’s class after their puppet show.

·         A donation jar raised more than $200, just from people who wanted to give.

·         The winner of the 50/50 raffle gave the $105 in winnings back to the cause.

·         At any given time, more than 100 employees were shopping for treats. EVERY SINGLE ITEM sold.

Marcia’s take-away from the event was pride in her colleagues. She said the bake sale and the cause puts life in perspective. She also has some great tips for future bake sale hosts:

1.    Be a hands-on organizer. Create a sign-up sheet for volunteers to track what people are bringing. Follow-up with each person a week before the event to discuss packaging, pricing and signs.

2.    Wrap all items. Customers like to grab and go.

3.    Provide shopping bags. Customers can collect several small items more easily.

4.    Encourage bakers to bring their items arranged in pretty baskets.

5.    Non-bakers are welcome! Remind eager volunteers to ask local bakeries for their support.

6.    Diversify. Marcia also encouraged co-workers to consider selling their used books at www.cash4books.net. The website buys your books and pays for shipping, enabling sellers to both de-clutter and raise Cookies for Kids’ Cancer money.

If everyone who hears about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer held a bake sale, together we will change the facts of pediatric cancer for the better, forever.

One of hundreds. . .

Filed under: Bake Sale — Tags: , , — admin @ 7:56 pm October 21, 2008

Be a good cookie. . .like Grier!

Be a good cookie. . .like Grier!

Welcome to the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer blog. Hooray! It’s up! You have no idea how excited we at Cookies for Kids’ Cancer are to post our first bake sale story. Bake sale stories are what we are all about. The entire purpose of this blog is to tell the inspiring and amazing stories of people all over the world (yep, I said it, WORLD) who are holding bake sales to raise money for our cause and our purpose – children’s cancer research and treatment. We hope you find yourself in this spot again and again and again. . .to be inspired and driven to do everything you can to support and spread the word about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Now, without further adieu. . .the story of a bake sale. . .

 

 

Amy Christenbury had two great reasons to host a Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale. The first reason: to help fulfill Cookies founder Gretchen’s birthday wish for 100 people to commit to hosting a bake sale for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Amy not only said she would host a bake sale, she recruited her best friend in Wilmington to host one as well (more on that inspiring bake sale soon).

The second reason: Amy’s 4-year-old son Grier is currently fighting his own battle with Neuroblastoma, the same deadly pediatric cancer Gretchen’s son Liam is battling. That’s right – Amy is a warrior mom – she’s in the midst of an enormous battle against a mean and ugly disease. Amy knows the fears, stresses and ongoing anxieties of pediatric cancer all too well. But you know what? Amy also knows she wants to do whatever it takes to raise the funds needed to find better, safer treatments and a cure for all kinds of children’s cancers. So she jumped at the chance to grant Gretchen’s birthday wish.

With the enthusiastic help of members of Team “Go Grier Go,” as well as donations from supporters all over Charlotte, Amy hosted a bake sale the weekend of September 20-21, during the annual Festival in the Park located just across the street from her house. Pedestrian traffic going in and out of the festival bought everything from lemon bars and bright blue cupcakes to bottles of water. At the end of the marathon, two-day bake sale, Amy’s bake sale team had raised over $2000. And guess what? Her husband’s company is planning to MATCH dollar-for-dollar the funds raised. Now we’re talking about AMAZING cookies.

Here are some of the “Go Grier Go!” team’s tips for a successful bake sale:

  1. Shout it from the rooftops! Tell people in advance about your bake sale – when, where, why. Send out an email letting everyone know and get them to forward it on!
  2. Make life easier and use the files on the Cookies website to make signs, posters, stickers and labels for your bake sale. Go to Staples or Kinkos to make them larger. Great signs attract more customers.
  3. Ask your local bake shops to donate their leftovers to the sale. Two local shops were willing to help.
  4. Label ALL cookies. People will ask what everything is, so save your voice and make labels.
  5. KEEP IT SIMPLE when you bake – stick with the standbys. Chocolate chip cookies were by far the favorite.
  6. NO nuts! Many people have severe peanut allergies. Keep your bake sale peanut, pecan and walnut free to avoid losing customers.
  7. Decorate the goodies – bright colors on cookies and cupcakes attract kids.
  8. Cake slices are popular. If whole cakes are not selling, slice them into individual servings.
  9. RECRUIT KIDS! They have energy and can sell anything. They love to help so let them be your cheerleaders!

Amy’s bake sale is one of hundreds of bake sales we plan to feature on this blog. Grier is one of hundreds and thousands of kids we are in this fight for. YOU are one of hundreds who will make a difference in the fight against pediatric cancer. We hope you come back. . .