87-Year-Old Brings Extra Joy to Holiday Cops ‘n’ Kids Event

One community member close to the NCC family had a special surprise for kids at this year’s holiday Cops ‘n’ Kids event.

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Grinch Cookie Baking 2021

The Grinch Meets the Cookie Monsters! was one of several holiday-themed Cops ‘n’ Kids event for children at the Northampton Community College (NCC) Fowler Family Southside Center. Held on November 27, the event focused on kids making cookies for Santa when he visits. Students from the NCC Hospitality Club, including club treasurer, Kiondre Malik Kenner, showed up to bake cut-out cookies with the 18 children who attended. Later, they ate their creations while listening to the story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  

When Hospitality and Tourism Program Coordinator Lou Ann Fin’s 87-year-old mother, Rose Marie Verde, heard about the event, she wanted to help. Verde made Grinch dolls for all the children and came in at the end of the end of the event with the special delivery. They were beyond happy to have their own little Grinch to take home. 

The children also received a holiday gift of a mason jar filled with the dry ingredients for cookie making, along with a gift card to purchase any perishable ingredients and recipe card. The little ones were asked to present this gift to someone they love to make cookies together for Santa. 

“The event proved to be a very special holiday gesture of love and kindness that will be remembered by those on the giving end as well as those little ones and their families on the receiving end,” said Beverly A. Bradley, President of the Cops ‘n’ Kids Children’s Literacy Program. “We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those at NCC who help to make the Cops ‘n’ Kids Children’s Literacy Program the success that it is throughout the year–and especially during these difficult times.” 

Located within the NCC Fowler Family Southside Center, this award-winning literacy initiative has touched the lives of countless children and parents who have found their way to the Cops ‘n’ Kids Reading Room located on Fowler’s fourth floor. Learn more about Cops ‘n’ Kids here.