The eighth annual McAndrew Family Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Bake Sale Event is underway.
The Scranton family’s fundraiser has taken on a different form this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, turning instead into a Cookie Chain, a setup created by a 6-year-old boy named Arthur who’s fighting brain cancer.
This year, people can either bake or buy cookies then package them individually or in dozens, attach a note encouraging the recipient to donate to the cause or continue the chain, and then deliver the cookies to that person. The McAndrews are encouraging people to take photos of themselves delivering the cookies and sharing it to the Facebook event page, and to spread the word about the program, which runs through Dec. 15.
OXO is supporting the chain by donating $1 for every cookie shared, and Cookie Chain participants are encouraged to share photos on social media with the hashtags #TheCookieChain and #OXOGOODCOOKIES and by tagging @OXO and @Cookies4Kids.
Markie McAndrew began the local fundraiser as a bake sale eight years ago as service project, and her family has continued the event year, raising money to fight childhood cancer each year around Christmas. It grew over the years to included extended McAndrew family as well as culinary arts students from the Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County, where Markie’s father, Mark, teaches.
To donate, visit https://my.beagoodcookie.org/8thannualmcandrew. or mail a check, cash, or money order to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, Attn: Ann Dang, PO Box 882, Davidson, NC 28036.
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