Editor’s note: It’s been awhile since I have posted. The Fall is always super busy with football for my kids, work projects and the start of the holiday season. Thanks for your patience as I try and catch up on sharing a bunch of baking I’ve been doing since September.
Baking date: September 4, 2017
Every year for the past 4 or so, I have been making cookies to send off to my friends’ kids as they leave for college. This year was no different. There were 5 kids who got care packages this year. They were big brothers of some of my oldest son’s friends, and others are my community friends’ kids.
Packages went to Frostburg University (MD), McDaniel College (MD), Shepherd University (WV), and Wake Forest University (NC). The inserts were simple enough – loaves of Snickerdoodle bread and pumpkin bread, as well as chocolate chip cookies. I sent them via 2-day delivery — please don’t tell the USPS I check the box that affirms there are no perishables in the package!
I had no bubble wrap this year, so to secure the baked goods in place, I added crumpled up plastic grocery bags. Oh yes, and I included this picture…
with this handwritten message…
The best part is seeing the reaction/getting the thank yous…
Like this email, from one of the kids (a big brother of my son’s friend Nick) who shared his package with his roommate:
And this Facebook post (from the big brother of my son’s friends Matt and James):
And this text I got from my friend Kelley (recipient is the big brother of yet another of my son’s friends, Owen):
And then there was the kid who returned home for a varsity football game and delivered these to me in the stands while I was watching my kid play:
There’s nothing better than the feeling of community. And making the good young people you know feel loved and happy.
So, what are the ways you could pay it forward for others?