Local group looking for volunteers to pack cookies for first responders

By: Kara Szymanski | C&G Newspapers | Published November 22, 2019

 Woman’s Life Chapter 911 will be hosting a cookie exchange and packaging event for local first responders Dec. 8 in Sterling Heights.

Woman’s Life Chapter 911 will be hosting a cookie exchange and packaging event for local first responders Dec. 8 in Sterling Heights.

Photo provided by Lynn Karnes

UTICA — Woman’s Life Chapter No. 911 is looking for volunteers for a fun and rewarding task that will show holiday support to the first responders who serve local communities year-round.

On Dec. 8, the group will be holding its first holiday cookie exchange and giveaway at 2 p.m. in Sterling Heights.

All that is required is to bring three dozen baked cookies and oneself.

A dozen of the cookies will be shared with attendees and decorated, and the other two dozen will be packaged and distributed to local first responders.

The event will be held at Pine Ridge of Plumbrook, located at 8350 Plumbrook Road, in the activity room.

The group has a set goal in mind.

“Our goal is to get a minimum of 911 cookies to package up for our local first responders,” Lynn Karnes, the president of Woman’s Life Chapter 911, said in an email.

She said the number has meaning to the group.

“When Woman's Life Chapter 911 began, we were blessed with the chapter number 911. So as a result, we found ourselves raising funds for the Thin Blue Line of Michigan. This year we wanted to do something a little different and bring the community together to help us make a difference to local departments by creating trays of cookies and distributing them amongst them,” she said.

“We have a goal of having a minimum of 911 cookies from which we will make cookie trays. We are asking for the public's help to bake and bring them. If you would like to bake, but can’t make it to the event, you can always drop off (cookies) at Pineridge of Plumbrook. We have a Signup Genius (website) so that anyone who would like to participate can,” said Karnes.

John Aman, the senior joy director at Pine Ridge of Plumbrook Senior Community, said that often people from the senior community find that the chapter’s projects bring them joy in being able to volunteer and give back to the local community.

“Most people get a wonderful feeling by helping others in need. As we age, that feeling never subsides, and many of our residents at Pine Ridge of Plumbrook have a strong desire to be a part of those who help to make a difference in their local community,” he said in an email.

“However, as seniors, it can be difficult to find ways to help, volunteer or get involved, so we were lucky to have connected with some wonderful people and groups over the years, such as Lynn Karnes with Woman’s Life Chapter 911, who utilizes our space we have at Pine Ridge of Plumbrook to host their monthly meetings, work on projects and to help our residents fulfill their desire to help out others in many ways, while also staying connected with their local community,” he said.

“These events are not only fun and for a great cause, but also brings the outside community into ours, and they can see our amazing senior living community filled with wonderful residents and staff. We look forward to hosting more events, helping out in any way possible, and being a part of the change we wish to see in the world!” he said.

The group will be delivering the cookies to many different local first responders, including the Utica Police Department.

Sean Coady, the Utica chief of police, said the Police Department appreciates the kindness and thoughtfulness.

“At this time of year with the holidays quickly approaching, the police and fire services are not first on everyone’s list. It’s always nice to get consideration in (the) form of Christmas treats!” he said in an email.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering or who would like to sponsor the event is asked to RSVP by calling (920) 246-0997 or emailing wl911macombangels@gmail.com by Dec. 4.

Woman’s Life Chapter No. 911 Macomb Angels is a group of volunteers who do service projects and fundraisers for individuals and nonprofits in Macomb County.

The group is always looking for new ways to help out the community.

The group has held events such as meat raffles, Junk in the Trunk sales and fundraisers with the Shelby Township Police Department. 

To register or for more information, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/8050c4daaac2ca64-911cookie.