Cookies really do work best as they will be packaged up in bags and then in boxes to be delivered to the shelters. Bars and loaves tend to get squished and/or melt. If you really wanted to make rice crispy squares or something, they would need to be individually wrapped.
Can I help you deliver them on the streets?
With the exception of the Dandelion Society, who we go out with sometimes, we do not deliver the cookies to individuals as we feel it is better to leave it to the discretion of the shelter to hand out. The reason we do this is so that people can enjoy their treat without the reminder that they're in the situation they are in. It has been my goal to ensure that this project focuses more on the receiver than the giver (though it couldn't happen without all of you amazing givers).
Can I package up my own cookies to help make things easier?
Generally we end up opening up and repackaging all cookies in order to assure consistency so packaging the cookies into a Ziploc bag or container works best.
How many cookies do you collect each year?
Last year in 2017, we collected over 8000cookies and delivered to 20 different shelters on Vancouver Island.
Why do you deliver cookies and not something more useful like blankets or toiletries?
Homemade baking was always a big part of my Christmas and I wanted to share that with others who might have had the same but are no longer with their families at Christmas time. I also feel that many people are able to bake a dozen cookies who might not be able to afford to donate much else and this way they are given a chance to provide for others as well
Can I contribute after the cut-off date?
It is really important that we receive all cookies by the cut-off date provided so that they can be packaged appropriately. Packaging the cookies is an enormous job and has to be done a few days prior to delivery in order to sort, bag and box the cookies.