Kathy Chruscielski/The Community NewsThe Cook of the Week mascot is gearing up for cookie runs for the Moritz Ride for Heroes on April 19.
The Ride for Heroes needs about 200 dozen cookies.
Home-baked are preferable, but bakery cookies are OK. No pre-packaged store-bought cookies, please. If possible, cookies should be bagged by the dozen. They can be dropped off at The Community News, 203 Pecan, Aledo or we can pick them up. Cookies should be ready the week of April 14, but no later than April 17. For questions or “Cookie Commitments,” call Loydale Schmid at The Community News - 817-441-7661.
Since its inception in 2003, the Moritz Ride for Heroes has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local first responders, law enforcement and school organizations.
Over those years traditions have developed that are unique to the local bike ride. One of those has been the rest stops, which have become not just places to get a breather, but areas where students and organizations provide entertainment and snacks. The rest stops are creatively decorated for the riders but also for the goal of winning the first place award. The Community News judges the rest stops, and the winning organization receives an additional cash prize from the ride.
In 2010, Aledo band parents added fresh-baked cookies to their rest stop in Willow Park. Donna Smith, who was the ride director, said the cookies were a big hit with the riders! A new tradition was born. The next year Donna Smith and Kay Davis rallied up volunteers to cook fresh baked cookies for all of the rest stops. It took a lot of work and coordinating but they succeeded in their dream of providing all the rest stops with cookies. They have jointly continued one of the favorite traditions of the ride.
Beginning this year The Community News along with Le Peep has adopted the role of the cookie coordinator to collect the cookies from the community. The ride’s goal is 200 dozen fresh-baked cookies. Cook of the Week mascot LePeep has spiffed up his bicycle, and looks forward to seeing what kinds of cookies our readers can provide for the ride.
Bakers are encouraged to bake one to 10 dozen cookies, or more.
Please send contact information with amount of cookies you would like to bake to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 817-441-7661.