FDU’s Cure for Kids held their second bake sale of the semester on April 16 in front of the Kings in Morristown to raise money for the organization Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a non-profit organization that raises money for pediatric cancer research.
The group had a variety of delicious homemade treats for sale, including vanilla cupcakes with cloud-like frosting and rainbow jimmies, brownies stuffed with Oreos and cookies of just about every kind.
Also for sale were lime green bracelets that read, “I’m a good cookie. FDU’s Cure for Kids,” as well as matching shirts.
Senior Joseph Negri intrigued shoppers of all ages to their stand by dressing up like Cookie Monster, while seniors Jeannine Driscoll, John Porter and Marco Patella sold the baked goods.
As part of their service management class, the students’ class project was to organize events to benefit the charity of their choice.
After students wrote several organizations on the chalkboard, Driscoll and Negri recommended Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.
Driscoll and Negri had worked with the organization previously and had been profoundly affected by a little girl they encountered, who was diagnosed with cancer.
“It’s somebody you know, it’s somebody that’s been affected,” said Driscoll.
The organization Cookies for Kids’ Cancer underwent a major transformation in the last few months. Negri said, “The kid that created it just passed.”
On Jan. 24, the 6-year-old face behind the organization, Liam Witt, died, after a four-year battle with cancer, according to the official Cookies for Kids’ Cancer blog.
Wendy Martin, supporter of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer said on the website, “Behind every Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale, there are stories.”
After being inspired by the children and the mission of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, Driscoll and Negri got their service management class on board. The class has raised $2,000 since the project FDU’s Cure for Kids began in late January.
They have held many small events, which include raffles, three-on-three basketball tournaments, a Chili’s night, as well as a previous bake sale.
All of this is leading up to their big finale on April 30 at the Morristown Green, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The students are promoting the event with the phrase, “Be a good cookie and help us raise some dough!” Previously, classes raised up to $3,000, but this year’s class is hoping to surpass that number, with a $5,000 goal.
The students believe this will be their biggest money-making event.
“A lot of people seem more than willing to help out the cause,” said senior Nigel John-Baptiste.
Their final event will attract not only the FDU community, but also the Morris County community as a whole with games and activities, like tie-dying, as well as another bake sale and items for sale such as t-shirts and bracelets.
Some things to look out for are the scavenger hunt at 6:30 p.m., followed by a magician at 7 p.m. They will close the night with a viewing of “Toy Story 3.”
According to its website Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a non-profit organization committed to raising money to support pediatric cancer research for new therapies.