Cookies at Christmas

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

bringing the joy of christ's birth to inmates and officers

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. Our volunteer chaplains deliver the cookies to all the jail facilities in Hamilton County, Ohio on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  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 County, 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. 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 our 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.

2018 Details

  1. Cookies may be dropped off Monday, December 17th (1:00p - 4:30p) or Tuesday, December 18th (9:00a - 4:30p) at Christ the King Church - Eastern Hills, 5825 Islington Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45227.  
  2. Volunteers are needed to package the cookies on Wednesday, December 19th (9:00a - 12:00p and 1:00p - 4:00p) and Thursday, December 20th (9:00a - 12:00p). 
  3. Chaplains may pick up the cookies for their units on Thursday, December 20th (12:00p - 5:00p) and Friday, December 21st (9:00a - 5:00p).
  4. Chaplains will are expected to deliver on or before Christmas Day. Please email or call Stuart to let him know which units/pods you will be delivering to.