Give Cookies to Someone
- Whitney Hopler Live It Editor
- 2001 10 Dec
Here are some ways you can serve your community through making and delivering cookies:
- Think and pray about which people in your local area might be blessed the most by receiving cookies. For example, perhaps you live near a nursing home with lonely residents or a college with hungry students. Other places to consider include hospital waiting rooms, jails, homes for mentally or physically disabled people, military bases, homeless shelters, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, bus and train stations, airports, and soup kitchens. You might also want to consider delivering cookies to participants of support groups, agricultural migrant workers, people employed by traveling fairs, bereaved families, homebound people, people who have just moved, etc.
- Consider whether you would like to give cookies yourself on a small scale (such as by bringing cookies to a friend or neighbor going through a crisis) or start an ongoing cookie ministry in your church. A church cookie ministry can operate well with volunteers baking cookies either at home or in the church kitchen, then delivering them to specific organizations at the same time each month or even more frequently.
- Obtain basic information from the place or places to which you would like to give your cookies. Call ahead to talk to the administrators of the organizations to discuss logistics. Get permission to bring your cookies there on a regular basis, find out about how many cookies people there will likely eat, whether any people there can't eat cookies for health reasons (in that case, provide an alternative snack for those people), what days and times would be best to deliver cookies, how you should package the cookies (in tins, bags, or some other way), etc.
- Decide on the details of how your cookie ministry will work before you publicize it and recruit volunteers. Then maintain a sign-up list so you can track the details of how your ministry is working.
- When you deliver your cookies through a church ministry, include a card with basic information about your church (such as its phone number and Web site address) along with the cookies so recipients know where the cookies came from. But be sure not to include Scripture tracts or any other material for evangelism without the permission of your contact person in the organization (for example, a nursing home's activities director).
- If you can, spend some time visiting with the people to whom you deliver your cookies, to build relationships with them.
Adapted from Giving Cookies and Love, copyright 1998 by New Hope Publishers, Birmingham, Al., www.newhopepubl.com, 1-800-968-7301.
Grace Earline Campbell is Woman's Missionary Union director and leader of a cookie ministry at East Brent Baptist Church in Pensacola, Fla.
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