Drop In and Decorate for the Holidays

Friday, November 13, 2009


Each year around this time our mail boxes and our inboxes are inundated with requests for help and financial support from almost every nonprofit organization under the sun.  While most, if not all, are very worthy causes, it can still be a bit daunting!  This year, perhaps more than ever, the needs of our communities are great while our resources are dwindling. With unemplyment at over 10% and the real estate market in a freefall, writing a few checks to our favorite charities is simply not an option for many of us right now.   But there are still lots of small ways that we can make a difference, some of which can be very rewarding.  What we may not be able to give in dollars, we most likely can give in time.  Volunteering at a local charity during the Holidays is a always a great way to support our community and make the lives of those less fortunate a little bit brighter.  Hosting a Drop In & Decorate Party is a sweet way to pay it forward and have a swell time doing it.


The concept is simple. Bake cookies. Gather a group of family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, your worship group or book club to decorate the cookies together. Then, donate the cookies to a nonprofit agency serving basic human needs in your own community, such as a food pantry, senior center or church group. It’s a great way to spend some quality time with people you care about and give a little back to our community as well. It’s also great way to introduce your kids to community service. What kid doesn’t love to decorate cookies?


Drop In & Decorate was founded in 2002 by our own Lydia Walshin of The Perfect Pantry.  In 2008, it was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Its mission to is to make cookies-for-donation events easy and affordable (and fun) for anyone, and to provide whatever support possible (tech support, baking/decorating supplies, financial support) to encourage people to organize cookie donations in their own communities.

Since its inception, Drop In & Decorate events have donated cookies to 55 nonprofit agencies in 18 states and Canada. The recipient agencies include Ronald McDonald Houses, food pantries, domestic violence and family emergency shelters, senior centers, and other agencies serving children and families.


This year, Drop In & Decorate is aiming for participation in all 50 states, Canada and beyond.  To help get things started, Pillsbury has donated 50 VIP coupons, worth $3.00 each, off any Pillsbury product — including sugar cookie mix and icing — to be distributed, first come, first served, while supply lasts, to anyone who plans to host a Drop In & Decorate event (max. 5 coupons per person). And they’re also including a Comfort Grip cookie cutter, donated by Wilton, to people who plan to host cookies-for-donation events.  There’s also a free downloadable guide with everything you need to know to host your own party, available on the DI&D web site.


It’s a simple idea in a complicated world, and something anyone can do!  If you’d like more information, you can visit the web site or contact Lydia directly at lydiaATdropinanddecorateDOTorg.

Oh, and by the way, December 4th is National Cookie Day.  What are you waiting for? 😉


Photos courtesy of Drop In & Decorate and Lydia Walshin

11 responses to Drop In and Decorate for the Holidays

  1. On November 13, 2009 at 11:22am, Lydia said...

    Susan, thanks so much for this wonderful post, and for helping to spread the word about Drop In & Decorate. Wouldn’t it be fun if one of your readers decorated the 10,000th cookie for donation?

  2. On November 13, 2009 at 12:17pm, Carol, Simply...Gluten-free said...

    Great idea! Maybe I could do a gf cookie decorating party…

  3. On November 13, 2009 at 12:37pm, Rosa said...

    A wonderful event! Those cookies are so pretty!



  4. On November 13, 2009 at 12:41pm, Bellini Valli said...

    A very worthy cause Susan!!!!

  5. On November 13, 2009 at 2:17pm, Karen@Mignardise said...

    I’m hoping I can convince my youngest to do this as a birthday party in December.

  6. On November 13, 2009 at 9:31pm, Donna said...

    Love it, just love it!

  7. On November 14, 2009 at 12:17am, nina said...

    This is such a positive and fun event. So the giver has as much fun as the taker….I like that a lot!!!

  8. On November 14, 2009 at 7:54am, Rachel (S[d]OC) said...

    What a “sweet” idea. I suppose the cookies could also be sold in a bake sale adn the money donated to the charity as well.

    My annual Christmas giving is buying an animal from the Heifer Project in honor of my closest and dearest friends.

  9. On November 15, 2009 at 6:34pm, Jen of a2eatwrite said...

    This is such a great project! I’m not sure we can do it here, though, because of strict laws about open foods being donated.

  10. On November 15, 2009 at 10:17pm, MaryBeth said...

    What a fun and fabulous thing to do…all of the cookies look great and everyone looks like they are having a blast…

  11. On November 16, 2009 at 8:28pm, Tangled Noodle said...

    Such a fun project for good cause! The cookies shown here are great – very inspired!

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