Holiday Project Idea: Drop In & Decorate

| November 3, 2009 | 4 Comments

DI&D_logoSometimes, it feels like I blink and a whole month has spun by. That’s what October felt like. It was a whirlwind of trips to New Hampshire and the Cape, along with birthdays, work projects and Halloween. I fear that I might blink again soon and have November speed past me too.

Before it does though, I wanted to tell you about a great organization that brings a little something extra to the lives of people who are down on their luck. While it might not fill a clear-cut need, I think something that brings a smile to faces fills an absolute need of delivering a little happiness … a little feeling of being special … to people who really need it.

Last year, I had the pleasure of meeting Lydia Walshin of The Perfect Pantry at the BlogHer Boston conference. She is a food writer and founder of Drop In & Decorate, a Rhode Island-based, tax-exempt nonprofit organization. This organization provides support for cooking decorating events held around the country and abroad, with the cookies produced being donated. This year, the nonprofit has support from some major companies who are making it easier than ever to just drop in.

What’s it all about? Here’s the basics, direct from Lydia:

The idea behind Drop In & Decorate is simple: bake some cookies; gather a group of family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, your worship group or book group to decorate the cookies together; donate the cookies to a nonprofit agency serving basic human needs in your own community. It’s a simple idea in a complicated world, and  something anyone can do.

If you’d like to host your own Drop In & Decorate® event, Pillsbury and Wilton would like to help. Pillsbury has donated 50 VIP coupons, worth $3.00 each, off any Pillsbury product — including sugar cookie mix, icing and flour — to be distributed, first come, first served, while supply lasts, to anyone who plans to host a Drop In & Decorate event (max. 5 coupons per person). And we’ll include a Comfort Grip cookie cutter, donated by Wilton, while our supply lasts.

Write to lydia AT ninecooks DOT com for more info on how to get your free coupons and cookie cutters.

It’s such a simple thing: to bake and decorate cookies. But it can mean so much. If you are looking for something charitable to do as a family, group or school this holiday season, check into Drop In & Decorate.

Category: Celebrate, Great Gifts

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Sarah Walker Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.

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  1. Sarah, thanks so much for helping to spread the word about Drop In & Decorate. This is really a wonderful family activity for the holidays — not about money, but about giving — and it’s so much fun.

  2. Ted Chaloner says:

    Thanks, Sarah. I’ve participated in quite a few Drop Ins and it is always fun and rewarding.

  3. Lucia says:

    I just had a Drop In party for my birthday – we did over 250 cookies for a local food pantry.
    This will be my 4th year doing a Drop In at work. Staff and clients in a brain injury rehab. program love it. Last year we had extra cookies after our planned donation, so I took them to Curves and sold them, then donated the money to a local food pantry.

  4. @Susieqtpies says:

    Love this idea on the Holiday Project! Can you come link it up on my Holiday Recipe Exchange http://bit.ly/cOOkBook

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