Cookies for Caregivers takes off in Waco to show gratitude during pandemic

Posted at 5:26 PM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 18:26:31-05

WACO, TX — During the shutdown and quarantines, there were still people who went to work everyday, risking exposure to themselves and their loved ones, all to make sure that health care facilities, police and fire departments, senior living facilities and food distribution centers remained open to care for the citizens of Waco.

“Things have changed so much over the past year, and there are a lot of people who are really feeling the effects of that. So it was a way to reach out and tell them ‘Hey you are not forgotten. We know you are working hard to take care of people,” said Hospice Educator at Bluebonnet Health Services and a volunteer for Cookies for Caregivers, Autumn Outlaw.

Working for Comfort Keepers, Maegan Wenberg knows first hand what it's like for caregivers during the pandemic. Wenberg decided to start a chapter for Cookies for Caregivers right here in Waco.

“We had 100 members in less than a week. Everyone has been very responsive," said Head of Cookies for Caregivers in Waco, Maegan Wenberg. "That’s what I love about Waco. We live in a community where everyone is so willing to get together and thank those who deserve it the most.”

Cookies for Caregivers in Waco delivered 120 cookies to 10 essential businesses on just their first delivery.

“I didn’t have any rhyme or reason as to who I was dropping off to. I just was driving around.” said Wenberg.

“You can either make cookies, you can buy them, you can have them donated," said Outlaw. "I chose to go ahead and buy them and package them."

Every third Monday of the month will be the cookie donation collection day. Once the cookies are collected, they are safely packaged and transported to caregivers around the Waco community.

Anyone who would like to be bake or donate cookies, must join the group on Facebook HERE.