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Cookies at Christmas                                                       Donate Or Volunteer 

Freely you have received, freely give.  Matthew 10:8 

At TJM, we've come to learn that small things matter.   Maybe you've heard someone say--especially about those in jail--that they should "get what they deserve."  Cookies is probably not what they had in mind.  Still, every Christmas, that is what the volunteers of TJM deliver to the men and women in jail.    Beginning months ahead of time, we ask volunteers to bake hundreds of dozens of homemade cookies.  We have individuals, neighborhood groups, churches and schools who answer the call.   A week or so before Christmas, more volunteers gather for Cookie Week. With volunteers and cookies everywhere, we bring in, repackage and send back out over 15,000 cookies.  That's more than 1,200 dozen of homemade goodness.   Between 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 3 p.m. Christmas Day, our volunteer chaplains take the cookies to all the jail facilities in Hamilton County, Ohio.  Each incarcerated person receives a bag of cookies and assurance that someone is thinking about and praying for them over the holidays.  A similar thing is done for Corrections Officers a few days earlier.  
You may ask why.    For many in society--incarcerated or not--Christmas is a very long, lonely day. In Hamilton Counties, as well as many jails around the country, there is no visiting on the holidays. TJM volunteers are friendly faces on those days and, even if you don't like the coconut cookies, our visit breaks up the day.    More specifically, we know that we're a people who hang our lives on getting what we don't deserve--whether it's grace or cookies.  So, while a bag of cookies is a small thing, it's also a metaphor.   One that matters.  TJM's Cookies at Christmas program is possible because of the many volunteers.  If you would like to help ensure the program continues, fill out the information form and we'll get in touch with you.

2016 Details

Cookies may be dropped off Monday, December 19 or Tuesday, December 20 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM at the Transforming Jail Ministries offices, 4015 Executive Park Dr.  Suite 404, Cincinnati, Ohio 45241.  Volunteers are needed to package the cookies, in suite 320 of the same building, from 9:00 AM to Noon and 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Wednesday, December 21 and Thursday, December 22, from 9:00 AM until Noon. (This is a change!). Chaplains may pick up the cookies for their units on Thursday, December 22 from Noon until 5:00 PM and Friday, December 23, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

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Transforming Jail Ministries 4015 Executive Park Dr., Suite 404, Cincinnati, Ohio 45241-4016 ~ Phone: 513.794.9999    Fax: 513.984.1027 ~ contact@tjmi.org