Cookie Party at the Parry

As a mother of a child with Aspergers Sydrome, supporting children with emotional and behavioral needs seems a natural fit. For the fourth year, I've taken a "mobile cookie party" to the Parry Center, a residential treatment center where kids from 5-17 years of age can have some holiday fun expressing themselves with pounds of frosting and sprinkles.

Aided by my college age daughters and several of their friends, we set up tables laden with jars of sprinkles and bags of colorful frostings and distributed hundreds of cookies to small groups of children over the course of two hours, about 40 kids in all. The children especially enjoy the attentions of my volunteer helpers as they decorate their snowmen, and gingerbread men and ladies sitting side by side. For the second year, my garden group, the Fir Grove Garden Club helped me bake the hundreds of cookies we brought to the Parry.

Thanks to the generous contributions from my office, clients, friends and neighbors, we were also able to deliver huge bags of socks and underwear and dozens of personal journals for the children. Thank you so much everyone for your help in making this party for the kids possible. I'm looking forward to year number five being the "Cookie Lady" for the Parry Center.