Cookie Parade Project for Earthquake Relief

Cookie Parade Project for Earthquake Relief

Hearts of Gold is delighted to share the development of The Cookie Parade Project, a volunteer-pioneered bilingual children’s book created to emotionally and financially support the victims of the Ecuador’s April 2016 earthquake.

We are happy to share a special note from Katy Rovetto, a dedicated volunteer and writer of the heartfelt children’s book, The Cookie Parade.

After the devastating earthquake of April 16, 2016, the idea came to send homemade cookies to those on the Ecuadorian coast who lost so much. After all, cookies have a way of lighting up a sorrowful face with a smile. Nearly 3,500 cookies were sent to the coast from the efforts of many caring people in Cuenca. That’s how The Cookie Parade book came into being.]

The bilingual children’s book offers you the story, wonderful watercolor pictures, as well as, heartfelt drawings by some of the children. The book includes many other aspects surrounding the terrible terremoto, such as safety tips in the event of a seismic event and how to prepare for, and what to do during an earthquake. We also acknowledge the nations that came with humanitarian aid for Ecuador.

Further, from the sales and contributions to this project, it is our desire to provide The Cookie Parade book to children on the coast to help them reconcile the tragedy they experienced. Two drawing pages are included in the book, which will allow them to express their feelings of having their lives radically changed by an event that lasted less than two minutes. Recognizing that our world is experiencing many disasters, it is our desire to help replace feelings of hopelessness with comforting love, peace, and the courage to know that “though we are constantly knocked down, we are not destroyed.” [i]

The Cookie Parade Project joins in solidarity with the non-profit foundation of Hearts of Gold in contributing to the financial aid of the coastal families who were severely affected by the 7.8 earthquake of April 16, 2016.  We stand with the Ecuadorian community in helping to make a difference in the lives of those who fell into harm’s way.

Now, with your donation, you, too, can leave a welcomed touch on the hearts of Ecuador.

To make a donation to Earthquake Relief efforts on the coast of Ecuador in the name of The Cookie Parade, Click “Donate” Below.

A Special Update from Katy, Pioneer of the Cookie Parade Book Project in the 2017 Year!

Fresh breezes are blowing all over the coast, and the joy has been unbounded!

We arrived in Olón for a brief meeting with Erwin and Danielle Musper, volunteers extraordinaire, of Santa Maria de Esparanza Orphanage.

Erwin said that with each of the fifty-five children came a heartbreaking story of abuse and abandonment. However, the setting of the orphanage above the coastline of Olón and the wonderful care they are getting from the mamitias and other very talented volunteers is turning their lives around daily.

We started with the youngest and signed books for each of them. Each book brought a big, happy grin, especially when it was given with a couple of chocolate chip cookies! The yummy cookies were baked by loving hearts in Cuenca.

After signing 68 books for the niños and staff, Erwin said “Look around. See how all the children are reading your book!” Even a couple of days later it was said that they were still carrying their books around looking for someone to read it to them.

The orphanage went over their goal by $800 in $9500 for a refrigeration unit. That success will save $1000 in wasted food per month.

So the stats:

  • Sixty-eight books were autographed for niños and staff
  • Chocolate chips cookies were given with each book, baked by loving hearts in Cuenca.
  • We donated $662 towards their refrigeration unit.
  • We attended a fundraiser where the balance of their goal of $9500 was met.
  • Another couple bought ten books for village children of La Entrada
  • “Whale of a Tale” is a new bookstore on the coast which will carry and sell the book for us. They bought a book and another person bought a book for them as a gift.
  • We are sending 350 books to be distributed along the coast to Manta and beyond.

As an aside, when we were leaving the fundraiser a lady pulled up alongside our car and said, “Hey cookie lady, I’d like to have one of those books and don’t forget the cookies!” LOL

We gratefully thank you!

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