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A Note for Those We Serve

A Note for Those We Serve

Dear law enforcement officers, firefighters, dispatchers, and support staff for each,

If you are reading this, then you have heard what thousands of us are up to, ONCE AGAIN!

In December 2014, our founder had the idea to send a few dozen cookies to a single sheriff’s office in the Northern Kentucky area. This idea came following the increasing frustrations from the negative news coverage that seemed to never end. In just 2.5 weeks, we were able to take this single idea for a single department and expand to deliver 30,000 cookies to 220 departments in 24 states on December 22nd (and the week of). This campaign was such a huge hit that we turned it into an annual event (now held in October) as a way to flood departments across the US with kindness, something so easily lost in society these days. We have continued this campaign of kindness each year and in 2019, we surpassed 625,000 cookies served since our start!

Our founder’s roots come on the fire side of this coin. Born into the fire family, she grew up visiting her father at the firehouse surrounded by the extended family that comes with such a profession. Now grown, her brothers have also taken the path of civil service with the City of Cincinnati; one as a firefighter and the other as a police officer. While this started as a “for Cops” idea, adding RED to the mix only seemed to be the obvious progression and a natural fit to officially include our friends in red with campaign #3 (and beyond).

Let’s review a few bullet points for you as we prep for the October 2019 campaign:

  • Our deliveries will take place in mid-October each year.
  • Every leader must show ID. You may personally know your leader – this is a bonus. Because some of our leaders have opted to expand out more, you may not know the leader who may be related to an officer or firefighter in a neighboring community. We have asked our leaders to let you know their connection to law enforcement and / or firefighting and answer any questions you may have for them. Our leaders are to invite you to keep a copy of their ID for your records.
  • Every delivery will have a campaign specific label attached to indicate that it is a part of this project and that you are a part of something so much larger than that delivery of treats. You will also receive a delivery letter which has room for your leader’s name and contact information. This leader name should match the name on the ID presented.
  • Our leader list will give first name, last initial (for security and privacy reasons we have opted for initial only).
  • We invite you to check out some of our media coverage and to check out our social media platforms:

Being family (and knowing so many others in these professions), you can be assured that we understand some concerns that may come with this type of campaign.

In order to best protect those who protect us, we’ve worked hard to reach out to other family members and dear friends that we know appreciate the current times and the hardships / challenges of your profession.  We feel we have connected with trusted friends and trusted friends of those friends.  Most of our leaders are family members themselves (wives, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins).

  • Each leader who delivers in our name must show on our Leader List. Only those listed have been approved via a direct email (from an official work email address) by someone in your profession OR have been approved by an already approved leader who personally vouches for this trusted source.
  • Each leader should show on our website as an approved leader.
  • Each leader should also provide the information noted above (letter and ID with delivery) so you know exactly who is in front of you, bringing this kindness.

In the end, we can appreciate if this is not a campaign you feel comfortable bringing into your “home”. If that is the case when a leader reaches out to include your “family”, please be open with us so we can see if other arrangements can be made to make sure your men and women are included in some way of thanks from those in their communities.

We appreciate each of you and hope that this small gesture from so many brings a smile to your face and lifts your spirits. We hope to make this a beacon of support that is seen around the country.

 

Love and compassion are contagious.
Lead the way. Inspire others.

For Children Fighting Cancer

For Children Fighting Cancer

Inspired by the work our founders were out doing, Nick and Brittany Smith of Smile for Brooklyn decided to team up in an effort to spread smiles and awareness for their non-profit.

Following their daughter Brooklyn’s diagnosis of DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, an inoperable pediatric brain cancer) the Smith’s prepared for the battle ahead. On April 27th, 2017, Brooklyn Smith’s battle came to an end.

As a part of their mission to spread awareness, the Smiths and the team of Smile for Brooklyn decided to join forces in delivering cookies. Not only did one SMILE cookie go in the box of every delivery that left the Cookies for a Cop HQ event, they also delivered smiles to the children at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center (CCHMC) receiving treatment. We were blessed to be able to join them for this first delivery.

The following year, the Smiths and Smile for Brooklyn delivered not only to CCHMC but also to Children’s Hospital in Lexington, KY.

We seek to take this expense off the organization and cover the funds needed to allow them to continue to do this. We then seek to expand this in Brooklyn’s memory and allow for other families who have children to do the same. During such a dark, hard time, let’s give these children a reason to smile and give the families who have suffered, a way to give back and remember their loved ones.

For our Veterans

For our Veterans

While delivering with our annual October deliveries to first responders, we decided to gift a few hundred cookies to the Cincinnati VA Hospital for both veterans and their PD. The volunteer services representative was so moved. We asked how often they had deliveries like this and his reply made us pause. “Almost never.”

It was here that we decided we would change this, even if only twice a year.

One particular visit was heartwarming to watch. The boys with us were hesitant to hand out cookies cookies as we walked to the volunteer services office. Before we know it, the smiles and reactions of the recipients had them grabbing for more and more cookies to give out. It’s a wonderful thing when strangers who would have otherwise passed without comment were now smiling, talking and thanking each other – one for service to our country and the other for the kindness shown via a cookie.

Our founding family, supported by many others, now come together to not only deliver with the October deliveries but always make it a point to return at least one additional time to deliver cookies. We’ve delivered for Veteran’s Day and even set up a table inside the front door to hand out cookies to those who come and go.

We’d love to continue this tradition, now through One Kind Cookie, and with your help, we can!

For our First Responders

For our First Responders

The mission that started it all was with our Cookies for a Cop project during a time that kindness seemed to be needed most.

WHAT IS COOKIES FOR A COP (AND OUR FIRE FRIENDS)?

Cookies for a Cop (CFAC) was founded in 2014 with the mission to deliver #sweetkindness to those so deserving. What started with a focus for our law enforcement has grown to now also include those in fire service (and our Fire Friends!).

WHO DO WE SERVE WITH THIS PROJECT?

Each October, thousands come together to deliver sweet treats to police officers, Dispatchers, K9, mounted patrol, PD Impound, Animal Control, Correctional Institutions, School Resource Officers, Firefighters, Border Patrol and everyone in between, including their support staff that help to things moving.

SO FAR WE’VE SERVED UP

Cookies for a Cop and our Fire Friends has now delivered almost 630,000 cookies across the US and to some of our service members serving in Germany. This was all done without a legal business entity or non-profit backing. We were just passionate hearts who wanted to do something nice in the world. We came together and for 6 campaigns paved the way to where we are now.

LAUNCHING OUR NON-PROFIT

One Kind Cookie will take one great idea and expand on it to take the kindness so much further. We hope you see the work we’ve done, the smiles shared, the kindness gifted and join us in taking this to the next level.

The gift of a cookie is such a kind gesture. The gift of hundreds of thousands of cookies – that is an incredible statement of support, appreciation, kindness and love.

If you’d like to learn more about our Cookies for a Cop and our Fire Friends project, please check out our Project Page HERE.