OVERLAND PARK, KS (September 14, 2015) – Tallgrass Creek retirement community residents set a monthly record in August when they baked a total of 2,502 cookies for volunteer Marcia Merrick's work to provide lunches for homeless men, women and children in Kansas City, Missouri.
They shattered their previous monthly record of 2,000 baked cookies. The residents bake more than 21,000 cookies annually as part of this community outreach project in which they have been involved for the past four years.
About 50 Tallgrass Creek residents bake the cookies. The cookies are part of hundreds of monthly lunches, which consist of peanut butter sandwiches, chips, fruit, and a note of encouragement.
Merrick delivers the lunches in the morning and again in the afternoon, stopping at homeless encampments in and around the Kansas City metropolitan area. She also drives people to health clinics and social service offices and she provides bedding, toiletries and other essentials for people in need.
"Marcia is simply an amazing woman with a huge heart for the disadvantaged," said Bunny Brown, who is one of the Tallgrass Creek bakers. "We stepped into give her a little help."
The Tallgrass Creek residents got involved when they heard about Merrick's lunches and were particularly moved by her insistence that each lunch contain homemade cookies.
"We have more and more people who want to get involved," said fellow baker Fran Wolfe, who counts the cookies each month.
The monthly array of yummy delights always included Brown's snicker doodles and Wolfe's molasses cookies. Many residents use family recipes for chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal-raisin, sugar, or other homemade cookies that have been handed down through the years.
Merrick said the people she delivers lunches to know when it's time for the Tallgrass Creek residents' cookies.
"They know who makes the cookies, and the love and hard work that go into them," said Merrick. "They are especially grateful."