Saturday, December 06, 2008

Drop In & Decorate Delivers Holiday Cheer

Drop in & Decorate

Bake. Decorate. Donate.

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Cookies are such a sweet signature of the holidays. A homemade cookie – beautifully decorated – inspires good cheer, evokes memories of loved ones and restores childlike wonder. So many of us have these gifts in abundance, but there are many who aren’t as fortunate.

One of my favorite food bloggers, Lydia Walshin of The Perfect Pantry, long ago recognized the restorative power and sense of community found in a whimsical batch of cookies. Some years back, she created the program “Drop In & Decorate: Cookies for Donation” based on a simple idea: bake some cookies, invite family, friends or co-workers to help decorate and then donate the cookies to a local shelter, food pantry, lunch program or senior center. Then watch the magic happen.

Over the years, Drop In & Decorate has inspired hundreds of people to organize decorating parties and spread the flavor of holiday cheer to those less fortunate in the community. Lydia has worked tirelessly and this year established Drop In & Decorate as a not-for-profit association that helps people organize Drop In & Decorate parties year-round.

Lydia believes that every day is an opportunity to spread comfort and joy in the community, but of course, the winter holidays are a particularly good time. She’s been baking furiously the last few weeks, and is encouraging all of us to do the same in this season of good will. Check out the links provided here for resources and tips on how you can host a Drop In & Decorate party. You’re just about to start that holiday baking anyway, so why not make an extra batch, host a decorating party, and watch the magic happen in your own community?

©2008 T.W. Barritt All Rights Reserved


~~louise~~ said...

Hi T.W.
Chilly enough? I'm heading to PA tomorrow where it is really cold!

Thanks for sharing this bit of info. I'm going to include it on my next post. I think it is a WONDERFUL idea for all those crafty bakers out there.

P.S. Tomorrow is Cotton Candy Day! Unfortunately, I will be on my way to PA, no posting for me:(

Anonymous said...

TW, I am grinning from ear to ear, and so grateful for your help in spreading the word about the cookies-for-donation program!

Kalyn Denny said...

What a nice PSA for Lydia. I'm sure she really appreciates the pitch for Drop In and Decorate.

Rochelle R. said...

Drop in and Decorate certainly is a great idea. Fun for the participates and enjoyment for the recipients, what could be nicer.