Cookies with a cause
By Michelle Boettcher
AmesEats Flavors Writer
The holiday season is approaching us and while it is the time of chilly weather, delicious food and fun holiday parties, it is also the season of giving. This season you can give more than just gifts to your family and friends. There are many great causes that you can get involved with.
“Cookies for Kids Cancer” is a non profit organization that allows you to host bake sales to join the mission to fight pediatric cancer. “Cookies for Kids Cancer” was founded by two parent inspired by their son Liam’s battle with cancer. They found out that the main reason over 25% of children diagnosed with cancer don’t survive is due to a lack of therapies, due to a lack of funding. They wanted to help raise funding by starting a huge bake sale. Over 250 volunteers were involved and 96,000 cookies were sold in just three weeks. More than $400,000 was raised for pediatric cancer. After the bake sale was over people continued to ask for cookies, and they also asked the simple question “how can we help?” Now it is possible to host your own bake sale, or to buy cookies from the organization all year round! You can contact “Cookies For Kids Cancer” at www.cookiesforkidscancer.org to get involved.
Locally, you can bake cookies and donate them to many local shelters in the Ames area. One place that you can donate cookies over the holiday season is Access, the assault care center extending shelter and support. Access aims to confront the issues of sexual assault and domestic violence, and offers shelter to women and children in need. Email Access at email@example.com or call 515-292-0500.
Another place that you can donate cookies is to the Emergency Residence Project, a local homeless shelter that aims to provide shelter, food, interventions and help to those who need it. Email the Emergency Residence Project at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 515-232-8075.
This holiday season take the time to bake some cookies for someone else, it may make their holiday a little bit brighter.