Making the world a better place, one cookie at a time!

Testimonials

“Our families really enjoy receiving the tote bags. They also love the cookbook. It is so awesome for them to receive the Kroger gift card to buy the ingredients. Many of the women also reuse the tote bags. They bring it back empty to use for the groceries they receive at our food pantry. We are blessed by your program. Thanks so much!”
Cathy Graham, Coordinator, Crisis Assistance Ministry
CAIN

“It allows families to bond when moving into their new homes. The recipe book also gives families a way to start their own dinner traditions/baking traditions.”
Bianca Edwards, DV & SA Service Manger
YWCA House of Peace

“Last Christmas at a ‘Family Portrait’ moment, several women expressed, ‘This is the first family portrait we have ever had’. We saw many tears of joy as the framed portrait was given to them. One of our volunteers was touched at the generosity and joy that this simple portrait program gave.”
Gail Koford, Development Director
Inter Parish Ministries

“Having pictures taken of our groups is such a gift to the families in our programs. Most of them have never had pictures of themselves growing up, much less pictures of their own children. We are lucky to have you.”
Debi Schneider
YWCA Every Child Succeeds

“Both our summer campers and our ZooMates benefitted from having their portraits taken. Being able to provide such a wonderful memory of that time in a child’s life is a true gift for a family in transition. Having a professional portrait taken is something most of our families could never dream of owning.”
Shelley Werner, Program Director
Faces Without Places

“It impacts them a great deal. They are ecstatic about the pictures they receive. For some of our families it is their first family photo ever.”
Lisa Huff, Children’s Program Coordinator/Family Advocate
YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter

“Our ECS families very much enjoy their family pictures, as most of them financially cannot afford the cost of professional photographers. The staff at YWCA w/ECS appreciate Bake Me Home volunteers. They make our ECS groups run so much more smoothly and less hectic. A big thank you from ECS Staff—-Debi, Christine, Angie, Kendra, & Tracie.”
Angela Kupor, ECS Home Visitor
YWCA Every Child Succeeds

“Many families have in the home the first baby picture and that is it. The families are so grateful to have an updated portrait. They proudly show them off to all. Witnessed tears in the eyes of a grateful dad.”
Maria Meinking, Program Coordinator
HIPPY

“Our families are very excited when they see what is in the bag, and families are asking for them who have not received them yet.”
Lourdes A. Ward, CEO/Executive Director
Reach Out Lakota, Inc.

“Cortney and her two year old moved out today. When presented with the Bake Me Home Bag (and the story behind it), she told her two year old that they would be baking tonight! Cortney told me that she had never had the opportunity to bake with her son. This is a typical response. These bags don’t just represent cookies—they represent a normalcy that our families have never had.”
Linda Rabolt, Executive Director
IHN of Warren County

“I wanted to thank you for the donated package that I received at the food pantry today. Your jar with cookie ingredients was so cute! I loved your recipes and the kroger card. It was all so thoughtful! Baking cookies during the holidays is a family tradition. I can’t wait to get started making cookies with my daughter! I know she will like the mason jar of ingredients and the cook book that goes with it. I just wanted to say thanks on behalf of my family. Your kindness is appreciated. Have a great holiday season!”
Tote Bag recipient

Tote Bag Recipient

It was AWESOME! You young ladies are SUPER DUPER COOL. GIRLS ROCK!!!

Tote Bag Recipient
Tote Bag Recipient

Your cookie recipe was delicious. I appreciate the time spent doing this.

Tote Bag Recipient
Tote bag recipient

Baking cookies is great fun to do with my son.

Tote bag recipient
Tote bag recipient

My kids love spending time together cooking anything! Such a thoughtful and practical treat! Thank you so much!

Tote bag recipient
Tote Bag Recipient

I think what you guys do is great and my family will enjoy making your cookies! Thank you!

Tote Bag Recipient
A Battered Women's Shelter Mom after receiving her Family Portait

Thank you for this. A picture is worth a thousand words. I will always look at this and remember our turning point. I am Free

A Battered Women's Shelter Mom after receiving her Family Portait
Tote Bag Recipient

It was an awesome blessing to complete the program at the shelter. When I received my keys I was surprised to get a Bake Me Home bag filled with all the things I need to make homemade cookies for my son and me, including the homemade cookie mix. The envelope containing the letter and the gift card was a huge help to us. When we made the cookies our new apartment smelled like home. Thank you so much.

Tote Bag Recipient
Tote Bag Recipient

When I first opened the Bake Me Home Bag I felt happy, like it was a new start for me and my son. The thought of being able to make cookies with him would give us a new memory; we would have in our new home. The gift certificate to Kroger’s was an extra surprise. Thank you Bake Me Home, you made us feel like we had a new SWEET start with the wonderful chocolate chip cookies!

Tote Bag Recipient
Mother

Before these volunteers came I never had a picture to document my first pregnancy, and because of them I will always be able to cherish the memory.

MotherYWCA Battered Women’s Shelter

Cheryl Popp

“Thank you very much for the most delicious cookies! Our veterans loved them. We love your devotion to our veterans, and through them, our country.”

Cheryl PoppDirectorTri-State Honor Flight
Major Chris Lewis

Got the cookies!! And they were almost gone in the first 48 hours. I think a few of the folks here substituted the cookies for dinner the first night that I had them.

Major Chris Lewis
MAJ Jay Hebert

Emma and Amy, thank you for sending us the cookies! You are right, it made me think of all the wonderful people back home. I really appreciate all that you do and the positive impacts you have on the lives you touch with your generosity. Have a wonderful day and thanks for your support to our deployed troops.

MAJ Jay Hebert25th Infantry Division, Camp Liberty, Victory Base Camp, Baghdad, Iraq
Jason Lake, US Army

My unit is a support unit and sometimes we deliver supplies to soldiers that are holed up or in rural areas and I have taken your boxes to them and they are very happy to have homemade cookies. Thank you very much for the wonderful cookies, these cookies were by far the best cookies I have ever had during deployment. They are lucky to have a support unit where some infantry units do not. I am a driver and I would not trade jobs with them and do not envy them at all. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to give them something from home.

Jason Lake, US Army
Capt. Justin M Brockhoff, USAF

Thank you so much for the delicious cookies! I received them a couple days ago and shared them with the other soldiers and Airmen I work with here in Afghanistan. Everyone loved them and we all truly appreciate all of the time you’ve devoted to those of us overseas through your program. It’s bright, intelligent young people like you that are the future of the country and you’re doing great things!

Capt. Justin M Brockhoff, USAF
Sergeant Andrew Hoverson, USMC

Thank you so much for the cookies! I had just returned to base from 2 weeks of continuous operations and saw that I had received a package…Needless to say, even though we hadn’t showered for 2 weeks and had been sleeping in the mud, the rest of my Marines and I took some time to devour those cookies before we got cleaned up. Thank you so much for your support. It really feels good knowing that there are people back home like you!

Sergeant Andrew Hoverson, USMC
Monra Blake, Fiancée of Service Member

The girls advertised on Military groups to nominate a Deployed Military member to receive cookies. My partner was one of the lucky ones to be chosen. He received his cookies within 3 weeks and loved them! They made someone smile an extra smile in a harsh environment. Thank you so much. You are an inspiration to us all.

Monra BlakeFiancée of Service Member
Captain Melanie Morin, USMC

I wanted to say thank you so much for the wonderful batch of cookies I received and the popcorn! It was my favorite kind – oatmeal chocolate chip. I think you girls are so thoughtful and wonderful for doing what you do. I was able to pass the love forward to 4 more soldiers… I ate some, then I bagged up the rest and handed them out. Everyone was so pleasantly surprised. Again, thanks so much and keep up the hard work. We really appreciate it!

Captain Melanie Morin, USMC
SPC McKinzie Baker

The cookies taste fresh baked, just like Mom’s! People came running when I opened the box, they smelled so good!

SPC McKinzie Baker
LTC Allysa Kropp

I can’t tell you how surprised and pleased I was to receive your package of “test” cookies, and read your note with the description of your thoughtful mission to support Moms and Kids, AND service members overseas. How wonderful. Many thanks for what you are doing. I think it is a wonderful idea. We all very much appreciate your support and kindness. Just reading your letter makes home feel much closer, and makes the long days here away from family much easier.

LTC Allysa KroppChiefITAM-Army Operations