Doing Good While Gifting Well

Cookie Cart is more than a cookie and it’s more than a cart: “It’s doing essential community work for North Minneapolis and St. Paul’s East Side by employing young people to bake and sell a product that’s in demand.”

For the holidays this year, not only can you send cookies, you can send a gift cards, which allows gift-recipients to place an order when it’s convenient for them. “Each and every package we ship around the country and every cookie delivered locally is directly invested into training and empowering more than 300 teens from our communities,” the organization’s fundraising letter says. “Leadership development training, financial literacy classes and confidence-building teens get from working in an engaging youth-centered space are just a few of the things you contribute to with every order.” Around 85 percent of Cookie Cart alumni are employed in the third year after graduating from our program, compared to the overall employment for working-age adults in the Near North community of Minneapolis at 69 percent.

Prices vary from two dozen packaged cookies, including hand-decorated sugar cookies for $40 to $15 for a dozen sampler.

To order: Or call 612-843-1947.

Open Arms, which prepares and delivers nutritional, personalized meals for its clients coping with life-threatening illnesses, is offering a drive-thru option for purchasing its holiday cookie dough, chocolate-dipped macaroons, and items from its online marketplace of both branded swag and a Mission Made marketplace.

All of the 2020 merch is newly designed by Open Arms’ longtime graphic designer Nan Hildebrandt. In total, they’re offering three T-shirt designs, two tanks, two hats, and bandanas.

Swag can be purchased on its online marketplace.

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