Each holiday season, The Container Store in Columbus, Ohio holds a cookie exchange to generate an Air of Excitement and showcase our great holiday packaging for homemade gifts. Last year Prime-time sales team member Jennifer H. suggested adding a charitable component to the exchange, so we all made an extra batch of cookies and donated them to the family of a co-worker whose husband was battling cancer.
This year, we were trying to decide on an even bigger way to give back to the community through our cookie exchange. I happened to see a story on The Today Show about the great organization Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Founder Gretchen Witt shared the story of her 2-year-old son, Liam, losing his battle with cancer. To raise awareness and funding for pediatric cancer, she was inspired to hold a bake sale. With the help of her friends she sold out of 96,000 cookies within a few days! Now, her organization encourages others to hold their own bake sales to join the fight against pediatric cancer.
As an added bonus, this year Cookies for Kids’ Cancer formed a partnership with food storage company Glad, which will donate $1 for every cookie exchanged during a registered event. In addition, OXO, one of our wonderful product vendors (famous for their Good Grips and POP containers) said they would match every dollar raised if we added a bake-sale component to our cookie exchange! The local Montei Foundation agreed to do the same.
Immediately, we knew that this was how we could make a big difference. As a team, 17 of us participated in the cookie exchange and bake sale, bringing in a total of 1,700 cookies! Through the dollars raised in the bake sale and the corresponding matches from OXO, Glad and the Montei Foundation, we raised a total of $2,225 to help fight kids’ cancer.
I am always impressed with the power we have as a team to impact the lives of others. When we say The Container Store has a “yummy” culture, this is exactly what we mean!
— Daniel W., Columbus Store Manager – Visual Sales, 10 years