Cookies, cupcakes to support ‘Chest’

Duane Hicks

Show someone you care with a Valentine cookie and help out a local good cause at the same time.
Tess Coish, of Tess’ Kitchen here, is taking orders for heart-shaped cookies and cupcakes as a fundraiser for the Fort Frances Community Chest.
In 2012, she sold more than 1,000 cookies and donated over $1,000 to the local charity.
Coish said yesterday it’s not too early for individuals, groups, and workplaces to call her and order either cookies or cupcakes.
They will be available for pick-up or delivery before Valentine’s Day.
The cost for both cookies and cupcakes is $1 each, with all proceeds going to the “Community Chest,” the purpose of which is to provide financial aid to local families who may need help to cover medical costs.
Coish said the “Community Chest” helped her a number of years ago when she had to go on quite a few medical trips to Winnipeg and Toronto with her son, Christopher.
“I didn’t even ask for their help, and they came and gave me a cheque and helped me,” she recalled.
She noted “Chest” volunteers also gave her advice.
“It’s not only the financial support,” Coish stressed. “You’re sitting in a hospital and you’ve got nobody to talk to.
“I phoned Linda [Hamilton] a couple of times,” she said. “It was kind of nice to have somebody like that.”
Just as importantly, all money that’s raised for the “Community Chest” stays in the community, added Coish, noting a lot of local people are going back and forth to Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Toronto, and elsewhere for medical care.
Coish said she was nearly overwhelmed by the response to the Valentine cookie fundraiser in 2012, and wanted to get started now on just how many goodies she’ll have to bake.
She hopes to have some high school students she knows help her out this time so they can earn their community hours needed to graduate.
To place an order, call Coish at 274-0787 or drop by Tess’ Kitchen (1030 Scott St.)
In related news, the Fort Frances Community Chest is holding a fundraiser dinner Sunday, Feb. 23 at La Place Rendez-Vous.
Organizers are looking for volunteers and auction items.
To help out, call Joelle Paull at 276-1215.