Mt. Nebo United Methodist bakes cookies for inmates

  • Among those helping make cookie sfor inmates are, from left, Karen Halsted, Sandy Thacker, John Fantom, Sharon Fantom, Leona Smith, Linda Ruff, Cheryl Kling, Bob Smith and Patty Devon.
Among those helping make cookie sfor inmates are, from left,…
December 16, 2013

More than 22 years ago, Leona Smith came to her church family at Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church in Delta, Pa., to ask the congregation to join with her in providing cookies for the York County Prison at Christmastime. Those choosing to participate in the Cookie Project would bake cookies and bring them into church by a certain day. About seven years ago, Sandy Thacker designated a day in December for anyone who wanted to join her at church to bake cookies for the Jail Ministry. Over the years, Thacker has developed the process into having anyone make the cookie recipe at home and then bring the mixture into church with the instructions for her crew to bake the cookies. This year on Wednesday, Dec. 4, Smith and Thacker with their crew baked 365 dozen cookies and made 48 dozen chocolate-covered pretzels. Smith and her husband, Bob, were to deliver the cookies to the jail facility to help make Christmas happier for those who are incarcerated.

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