Many hands, many cookies

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March 27th, 2020
Bunny Brown (from left) and Fran Wolfe (center) receive cookies from Georgia Erickson, one of many Tallgrass Creek neighbors who bakes cookies each month that are included in lunches the homeless.

Bunny Brown (from left) and Fran Wolfe (center) receive cookies from Georgia Erickson, one of many Tallgrass Creek neighbors who bakes cookies each month that are included in lunches the homeless. 

Around the middle of each month, the smell of freshly baked cookies fills the air in Tallgrass Creek’s resident life office. That is because the office is filled with literally thousands of cookies dropped off by community members, fresh from their own ovens.  

But they aren’t there for long. The cookies are in a brief holding pattern waiting to be picked up by Marcia Merrick, a well-known local volunteer who provides 400 lunches daily to the homeless in Kansas City.

“Marcia always includes two home baked cookies in each lunch and when we learned she was making them herself, we decided to step in,” says Tallgrass Creek resident Bunny Brown, who along with Fran Wolfe coordinates various charitable efforts at the Overland Park, Kans. community

The more, the merrier

Bunny adds that many residents also step in to help, so the number of cookies for Merrick’s lunches continues to grow.   

“Last year was our record high,” says Fran, the official cookie counter. “More than 50 residents baked a grand total of 35,612 cookies.” 

Bunny and Fran have organized the “cookie brigade” beautifully. Bakers bake two dozen or more cookies each month, bag them two to a baggie, and deliver all to the resident life office on the designated day. The cookies are then consolidated in large boxes for Merrick’s pickup.

The cookie baking continues this year, with an average so far of about 3,000 cookies a month. However, with the opening later this year of Fountain View, Tallgrass Creek’s new residence building, Fran and Bunny are hoping for a new record high. 

“It’s quite an undertaking and everyone pitches in to make it happen,” says Fran. “People here are very generous and want to help.” 

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