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Church delivers 15,000 cookies to holiday workers

6:23 PM, Dec 24, 2012   |    comments
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Santa Clause won't be the only one munching on cookies Christmas Eve.

Thanks to 350 volunteers from Cokesbury United Methodist Church, thousands of people working during the holidays will too.

It's the congregation's annual tradition. They spend the days before Christmas baking cookies.

Not dozens. Not hundreds. This year they baked 15,000.

Monday morning volunteers picked up the batches.

Then they headed to deliver them to local businesses, police and fire stations, hospitals, and many other places that remain open during the holidays.

The Jones family picked bags designated for a fire station, local Subway restaurant, and a call center.

"We do this on Christmas Eve, just to give back to the community," said father Paul Jones. "It's just that somebody put a little extra love, a little extra thought in to saying, 'We're thinking about you today.'"

Ten-year-old Audrey Jones woke up excited Monday to help with the delivery.

"It's fun and we get to spend some time with each other," said Audrey. "Give a gift to Jesus. Because it's his birthday, not ours."

Working the holiday shift-- just the way the cookie crumbles for many this season.

But on Christmas Eve, they're in good company. And thanks to Cokesbury United Methodist, Santa won't be the only one with a sweet reward.

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