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    Posted December 20, 2013 by
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    Seniors Volunteer to Decorate Christmas Cookies with Children from Families in Need

     
    Excited eyes peeking through the glass of the oven watching as cookies rise and puff up, eagerly waiting for them to cool so they can garnish them with clumps of frosting and a mountain of sprinkles is one of many holiday activities families in America enjoy. For families in need, providing the essentials for baking such tasty treats is not always an easy task. Residents at Buckner Westminster Place feel that all children and families should get to experience the joys of decorating Christmas cookies, so they volunteered to bake 500 sugar cookies and assist children with decorating them at the annual Buckner Children and Family Services (BCFS) Christmas party.

    “I really enjoyed decorating Christmas cookies with the children that BCFS provides services to,” said 82-year-old Vivian Crowson, a resident of Buckner Westminster Place. “My daughter-in-law works for BCFS and I see the wonderful work she and the rest of the employees do for the families in East Texas and it warms my heart. I was very happy to be a part of this event. I used to decorate Christmas cookies with my kids and my grandkids, but now everyone is grown up. My great-grandkids are just now reaching the point where we can decorate cookies together. It is such a fun holiday activity for families.”

    The BCFS Christmas party was held on Tuesday, December 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Roc - First Baptist Church Longview (212 E South Street). The residents set up 12 decorating stations and assisted children and their families with the Christmas tradition of decorating sugar cookies.

    “The best part for me was watching the children differentiate their cookies from one another,” teased Crowson. “It was like a contest to see who could have the most unique cookie. None of the materials went to waste that’s for certain. We sign up for these projects and do these things because we love children. The other residents were just as excited as I was, and we all had fun partaking in the festivities. This was an excellent opportunity for us to show the children that they are loved and that we care.”

    “When we heard about the Buckner Children and Family Services’ Christmas party, we knew we wanted to participate in a special way,” said Wes Wells, executive director of Buckner Westminster Place. “The residents love helping children and really enjoyed participating in this intergenerational activity with children and their families. We had such a good time watching the children get creative with their cookies!”

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