Sweet Cookies...Sweeter Mission
Congratulations to Casey's Cookies for being selected the "People's Choice" for this year's net proceeds from our commemorative Angel Ornament sales. Voting took place on our Anderson-McQueen Facebook page from August 15th to September 15th and it was a real "nail bitter" right down to the final minutes. Casey's Cookies received 1,022 votes, just six votes ahead of Ready for Life. We want to thank all the charities who participated in this year's "People's Choice" runoff and we encourage each of you to enter again next year. Our two runner ups each received donations in the amount of $250 from Anderson-McQueen for their participation in the event.
Let's take a look behind the scenes at Casey's Cookies, their mission and their inspiration.
Casey's Cookies is a 501(c)(3) Florida Not-For-Profit Social Enterprise. Their mission is to promote independence and improve the quality of life for developmentally and physically disabled adults through training and employment, and to develop a residential community in the Tampa Bay area where Casey's Cookies employees can live and work in a safe and nurturing environment. Unlike social service agencies, their model will allow them to become self-sustaining. By purchasing cookies and gift trays from Casey's Cookies you will help them achieve their mission of gaining financial independence.
Mentally disabled adults are as vulnerable as small children -- trusting far more than they should, and loving those who show even the slightest kindness.But, it's difficult for them to find their place in society once they leave school.
A few may get jobs working in a hospital laundry, assisting with lawn care, bagging groceries, or working in a fast food restaurant, but most simply remain at home until their parent or guardian is no longer able to care for them.
Casey's Cookies offers a new opportunity. Under the supervision of volunteers, participants bake cookies from scratch, then package and sell their gourmet and specialty cookies to individuals and local businesses. They learn the importance of teamwork and other valuable job skills while helping to build a business that will provide them with income and a safe place to live. It's an exciting project, and one that you can be a part of.
Casey was born with Goldenhar Syndrome, a congenital birth defect that includes deformities of the face and spine, and in some cases mental retardation. In addition to having a low IQ, Casey is severely hearing impaired, and has had nine major surgeries to correct curvatures of her spine and severely dislocated hips.
But, throughout her physical ordeals, and despite her reduced ability to comprehend, Casey has never lost her sense of humor or her love of people. She has learned to read and write, and can solve simple math problems. She loves Gospel music, and credits God with healing her.
Casey is a 2010 special diploma graduate of Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, Florida, and the daughter of the couple that helped establish Casey's Cookies. She was one of the first four developmentally delayed individuals hired to be a part of Casey's Cookies, and spends every morning in the kitchen assisting with cookie preparation and packaging.
To learn more about Casey's Cookies, visit their website at www.caseyscookies.org.
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