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Mayo Hospice volunteers bake 260 dozen cookies for hospice patients

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -

The kitchen in Canadian Honker Events at Kahler Apache was buzzing Thursday morning as volunteers mixed ingredients to bake 260 dozen cookies.

Volunteers with Mayo Hospice baked a variety of cookies for hospice patients, hoping to bring joy and help keep traditions going.

"When it comes around the holiday time, it's kind of one of the last things on their mind that they're able to do is to bake Christmas cookies. But yet, it's probably been a tradition for them for many years," said Mayo Hospice volunteer Kathy Dale.

And that's when the volunteers step in.

They baked several different kinds of cookies. In fact, they have nine recipes.

"We're doing thumb-print cookies, we're doing pretzel Rolo cookies, we're doing sugar cookies, we're doing Spritz, we're doing candied pretzels, some Toffee Bars," said Dale

For over a decade, volunteers brought cookies from home. But after some changes they needed a kitchen, and Canadian Honker Events at Kahler Apache was able to help out.

"We brought cookies from home, and made plates of cookies for our patients. But that was no longer acceptable, to bring home-baked goods into patients' homes," said Dale. "So we needed a certified kitchen, and they were kind enough to open up their kitchen to us. So the last three years, we've been baking here."

"If we can help with, you know, the great causes, especially around the holidays if we can bring joy to people that may not be able to bake the cookies the cookies themselves or have that interaction for cookie exchanges, things like that, if we can play a small part in that we're happy to do so," said General Manager Amy Hakes

A simple gesture that brings happiness to many.

"It does get very emotional. This is unexpected; patients don't know they're going to be receiving a plate of cookies. And I'll tell you, when the volunteer or the healthcare provider, the nurse, whoever, shows up with that plate of cookies it's pretty overwhelming for them," said Dale. "I tear up just thinking about it. They're just very gracious."

Dale said they start delivering the cookies Friday through Monday. They cover Fillmore County, Dodge County, Wabasha, Olmsted, Winona and Goodhue County. They are going to make 65 to 70 deliveries.

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