How to celebrate Mothers' Day: decorate and donate cookies

Looking for a creative way to honor moms for Mothers' Day this year?

Join the Coast-to-Coast Drop In & Decorate® Mothers' Day Celebration, and donate cookies to an agency serving women and children in need in your own community.

Cookie decorating

My name is Lydia Walshin; I'm a Rhode Island-based food writer and blogger (The Perfect Pantry), and the founder of Drop In & Decorate, a tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Since 2002, Drop In & Decorate® events hosted by people in their own kitchens, offices, and houses of worship, have donated more than 8,000 cookies to family shelters, food pantries, domestic violence shelters, senior centers, and programs serving the homeless in 16 states (and in Germany and India, too).

It's fun and easy to host your own party: invite a few friends, or have a decorating party with your kids; bake or buy some basic sugar cookies; decorate the cookies together; and donate to an agency in your own community.

This year, for Mothers' Day, we're organizing a Coast-to-Coast Drop In & Decorate® Mothers' Day Celebration, with the goal of donating 1,000 cookies nationwide

The host whose event donates the most cookies any time May 1-10, 2009, wins a fabulous prize: a reuseable canvas shopping bag, three Wilton Comfort-Grip cookie cutters, and coupons for 120 free, organic, ready-to-bake cookies from Immaculate Baking Co..

We're off to a great start, with cookie decorating parties already planned in Washington State, California (2), Virginia/Washington DC, West Virginia, Illinois, Missouri, Florida, and Rhode Island.

For more information, visit the Drop In & Decorate web site. You'll find a free "How to host your own event" guide, including cookie and icing recipes, and a gallery of cookie photos to inspire you.

Please join the fun, and celebrate mothers everywhere!


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