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Apison boys raise funds for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer

When Melanie Christensen found out about Glad’s “Cookies for Kids’ Cancer” campaign, she immediately began planning a way to involve herself and her son Coleman. She teamed up with her neighbor, Amy Kennedy, and her son Kollin, who is also Coleman’s best friend, to hold a bake sale that reaches far beyond selling a few cookies.

“The No. 1 thing they need for kids’ cancer is more money for research,” said Christensen. “It was a good service opportunity and a fun thing for the boys. Kids need opportunities to give of themselves too.”

“They need to know that other children don’t always have it so easy,” added Kennedy.

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Melanie and Coleman Christensen and Kollin and Amy Kennedy, from left, are sweetening the act of giving cookies by doing so in the name of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a campaign by the Glad company that donates $1 for every cookie handed out through the program.

Coleman and Kollin took time out of their sports-filled schedules to help their moms bake several batches of cookies. Then they set up a booth in Kennedy’s yard at the front of the Crystal Brook subdivision beside Apison Elementary and waited for the school traffic and neighbors to come by. Kennedy said the boys received a lot of attention from passersby, and they were able to raise $64 to send in to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer for research.

“I liked it all,” said Kollin. “It felt good with every cookie we sold. You know you were doing the right thing.”

“So many people donated more than the cookies actually cost,” said Coleman.

But the campaign doesn’t stop there.

Christensen is an avid food blogger, and she posted a link to the campaign’s website on her blog, The Sisters’ Café. On the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer site, participants can find more ways to raise money for cancer research. Glad will donate $1 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer for every cookie sold — or swapped virtually on the site — through Dec. 31.

“Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is always there,” said Christensen. “You can do a bake sale or have them sent as a gift, and the proceeds all go to research.”

Though the boys are only in elementary school — Coleman in the fourth grade and Kollin in the fifth grade — they have already seen cancer affect their friends and family members.

“We know what it’s like,” said Kollin. “A girl in our class has cancer, and she’s got a rough life.”

Both he and Coleman are already ready to go with another fundraiser like this, asking their moms how they can keep contributing year-round and not just during the holidays.

For more information on how to contribute to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, visit Christensen’s blog at www.thesisterscafe.com/2012/12/flourless-peanut-butter-cookies-cookies-kids-cancer or the website at www.cookiesforkidscancer.org.

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