Joplin girl sells cookies to make a brighter Christmas


A Joplin girl is turning homemade cookies into a brighter Christmas for some special kids.

Paige Marbough says she started off with a goal of sponsoring Christmas for one kid through the Christmas of Hope program, which is part of the Fostering Hope organization. Paige says she got the idea when her church, One Church in Joplin, set out to sponsor 500 kids at $50 each.

She tells us, to raise the money, she started selling homemade cookies at five dollars a batch through Facebook. In just a few days, she had sold more than 54 dozen snickerdoodles, chocolate chip, and red velvet with white chocolate chip cookies. She says this is her way to help put a smile on the faces of some special kids this Christmas.

“Because they don’t have their parents really, and they’ve had a rough time, but I think it’s fun to be able to wake up Christmas morning, open presents and spend time with your family,” says Paige Marbough.

One Church is hoping to sponsor 500 kids through the Christmas of Hope program. They keep track by placing an ornament for each child they help in a special container. Right now, they’re about halfway to the goal. Paige says it’s possible she’ll go back to selling cookies to help reach 500 kids.

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