Ways To Give: Cookies For Kids Cance

Over the last few years, I’ve come to know an amazing circle of parents and kids online who have endless energy in battling a rare form of childhood cancer, neuroblastoma. What makes this particular form of childhood cancer so heartbreaking is only 30% of children survive. What makes these families so amazing is how tirelessly they work to raise awareness and funds despite their personal hurdles, journeys, or losses. If you want to try and define “selfless” for your children, any of the parents and kids I’ve met in my online life would be fantastic role models!

As impressive as these parents and kids are as people, equally impressive is how they’ve turned their frustration against the unrelenting neuroblastoma into a multitude of charities that to date have raised millions of dollars for pediatric cancer research. Talk about turning adversity into advocacy and action!

As we enter December, the month of the winter holidays, I’ve decided to feature these amazing charities in my annual “Ways to Give” series, also known as “Santa Needs A Little Help”. Times are difficult and none of us can give as we had in the past but I hope you’ll consider these groups as you figure out your charitable end of year giving this holiday season.

First up this year is Cookies for Kids Cancer. Last year, Gretchen Witt came up with an idea to bake 96,000 cookies to raise money for cancer research after her 2 year old son Liam was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, and exceeded that goal raising $400,000 and baking of over 100,000 cookies with the help of many, many volunteers. Since last year’s sale, Cookie Magazine, Lord &Taylor, Smart Design and Jacqueline Cookies have entered the picture to help Gretchen and Cookies for Kids Cancer be an even bigger success this year. And, Gretchen has included ways people can raise money in their own communities by organizing community wide bake sales and other events.

The holiday cookie sale continues to offer options for the cookies (chunky chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin and sugar) and is a 501(c)3 organization. All in all, this group is the perfect hat trick of a charity. Money goes to a good cause. Friends and relatives get to enjoy and yummy treat. And, you get a small tax deduction for your generosity.

As Gretchen told me via email: “Be a Good Cookie. Give a Good Cookie.” To give cookies and be part of this amazing effort, click here.



  1. "Shop" Anthropy! says:

    Here is another great way to give this year to children and families struggling with diseases… and the best part is all you have to do is you USUAL shopping!

    Go to http://www.nonprofitshoppingmall.com! They are featuring Children’s Miracle Network this month and a percent of everything you buy through any of their 250-plus retailers will go to this amazing group and the children which they serve!

    You can even download a widget which will automatically direct your online shopping without you having to even remember the URL. Click this link: http://nonprofitshoppingmall.com/people-who-care/childrens-miracle-network.

    On the left side of the page the widget will be explained and can be downloaded on both MACs and P.C.s.

    Everyone will be shopping on line for something during the holidays so you may as well have a percentage go to a wonderful nonprofit group!

    Enjoy and pass along!

    Keep eating cookies too!