Christmas cookie season is just around the corner, and the organizers of the annual Hemmingford Christmas Cookie Walk have been busy raising funds and preparing care packages to be delivered to members of the greater Hemmingford community who live alone.
The initiative started in 2020 during the pandemic, when Hemmingford residents Lucy Savage and Nadeana Tannahill teamed up to tackle social isolation. “We wanted to make a small gesture and reach out to those living alone to show them that their community was thinking about them,” says Savage. The pair invited avid holiday bakers to contribute their favourite treats, and then organized the Cookie Walk to raise funds to purchase supplies such as jars, teas, and delivery bags.
“We optimistically planned on putting together and delivering 25 care packages,” says Savage. As word of mouth spread, the list of recipients grew, and nearly 80 bags were delivered that first year. Since then, the initiative has swelled. Over 125 care packages, which include a homemade apple pie, jar of spaghetti sauce and pasta, soup, cookies, muffins, teas, and hot chocolate are now delivered each year.
Community partners have also jumped on board, including the Service d’Action Bénévole, the Hemmingford community garden, and even more area bakers. Each package also includes a Christmas card made by students at either Hemmingford Elementary School or the École St-Romain elementary school.
“We are looking forward to being out in the community,” says Savage of the upcoming December 3 delivery date for care packages. She says the organization is still accepting monetary or baked donations to help fill their bags.
For more information, contact Lucy Savage at (514) 909-4058