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Bake sale benefits those with disabilities

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Bake sales are arguably some of the most successful fundraising techniques in the country, and one Rochester organization is using that idea to raise money for the work it does in the community.

It is two years and counting for the Bear Creek Cookie Classic.

"We had 30 people lined up waiting to get in at 9 o'clock this morning and it's been busy ever since," said Paul Barton, executive director at Bear Creek Services. "It's just been a wonderful morning."

The organization, which runs group homes for those with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries, spent significant time baking cookies for their bake sale.

"This year, as last year, over 100 volunteer cookie bakers baked over a thousand-dozen cookies for sale here at Bear Creek Services this morning," said Barton. "We were really particularly supported by the students of Century, John Marshall and Folwell."

All those cookies, and plenty of people to eat them right up.

"I actually teach at Century High School and we have a really close association with Bear Creek Services," said Kathryn Gardener. "And we had probably twenty-dozen cookies that came from our students and National Honor Society and some of our Special Ed kids made cookies, so I wanted to come and buy them."

So what brings people out to bake sales like this? Is it the food, or is it the meaning behind it?

"Well, I think there is two things," explained Gardener. "First, it's a great way to get your baking done. I get this whole variety and I didn't have to make them all. Also, it's just like the whole community coming together. The cookies came from all over the place and they're all going to benefit Bear Creek Services."

So whether you are picking up a loaf of pumpkin bread or even some dog treats, the gift is money well spent.

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