Simple Service: Appreciation for our first responders

Service Project: Deliver cookies to our first responders

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cost: $5 (although may people have the ingredients to make cookies)

Duration: 1 hour (this does not include the time to deliver the cards and cookies)

Lesson(s) learned: Show appreciation for those that respond to our emergencies  

Happy 2017! Are you ready to make a positive difference in your community? Addie and I sure are. We wanted our first service act of the year to be about showing appreciation. During the holidays, I talked to Addie quite a bit about what that means and it’s a topic that we revisit frequently. I also make an effort to look for opportunities for Addie to show appreciation outside of our normal routine. We were recently given that opportunity when Addie required emergency attention.

As many caregivers to young children know, you can tell a serious cry from a not-so-serious cry. Well, shortly before Christmas, I was in the kitchen and I heard a very serious cry from Addie. She had taken a bad fall and required immediate medical attention. Shortly after calling 911, we had two ambulances and seven first responders at our door. All I can say is that they were amazing. Reflecting upon it later, I came to have an even greater appreciation for how hard their jobs must be.

After five stitches and multiple doctor check-ups, Addie is doing fantastic. We often talk about how wonderful and helpful the first responders were. When I asked Addie if she wanted to do something to show her appreciation, I was met with an enthusiastic, “Yes!” We discussed what Addie wanted to do and it wasn’t a shock to hear that she wanted to make them cookies and a card. A great family friend, Terri, invited us over to whip up our gift using her well-stocked kitchen.

While our story is very unique to us, please take a moment to talk to your child about the people in their life that may have helped them or otherwise had a big impact on them. There are a lot of unsung heroes out there that would love to hear from a child that they positively impacted.  Who wouldn’t love receiving cookies and a card!

What you will need to make the cookies:

We utilized the chocolate chip cookie recipe from The Taste of Home Cookbook and they turned out fabulously! They publish additional, slightly different, chocolate chip cookie recipes on their website. They can be found here;

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/course/desserts/perfect-chocolate-chip-cookies#1

What you will need to the card:

A piece of paper and some colored markers. 

Addie dressed for the occasion!

Addie dressed for the occasion!

We prepped all the ingredients and read the recipe multiple times before starting. The bear lurking in the background is Mr. Header. He was given to Addie during our ambulance ride. It was only fitting that Mr. Header supervise the baking!

We prepped all the ingredients and read the recipe multiple times before starting. The bear lurking in the background is Mr. Header. He was given to Addie during our ambulance ride. It was only fitting that Mr. Header supervise the baking!

No healthy ingredients were harmed in the making of the cookies! 

No healthy ingredients were harmed in the making of the cookies! 

She was suppose to be cleaning the beater with soap and water.....not her fingers. Oh well. 

She was suppose to be cleaning the beater with soap and water.....not her fingers. Oh well. 

Despite all the "helpers" in the kitchen, some batter actually made it onto the cookie sheets. 

Despite all the "helpers" in the kitchen, some batter actually made it onto the cookie sheets. 

The finished product! Addie told me what to write on her card. The happy faces are her custom creation!

The finished product! Addie told me what to write on her card. The happy faces are her custom creation!

We drove by the fire station (where our first responders are located) multiple times, however, due to the severe weather we've had, they were all out helping others. We finally relented and left our present for them in a sheltered area. What a nice surprise they will get when they finally get a break! 

We drove by the fire station (where our first responders are located) multiple times, however, due to the severe weather we've had, they were all out helping others. We finally relented and left our present for them in a sheltered area. What a nice surprise they will get when they finally get a break! 

It’s important to show appreciation. Your children will see that the more they show appreciation, the more natural it will become for them. Not only will it touch the person or people that are being appreciated, it will touch your children as well.

Have fun creating your cards and cookies! 

-Kelli