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United Way’s Cookies for a Cause Promotion surpasses goal


The United Way of Dickinson, alongside Players Sports Bar and Grill, teamed up for a second edition of Cookies for a Cause last year, exceeding last year’s total cookies sold by 25 Percent, according to a press release.

Cookies for a Cause is a kid-friendly Holiday promotion to help the United Way’s fundraising efforts reach their goal.

Kids and adults of all ages participated in Cookies for a Cause by decorating their own Gingerbread Man, Christmas Tree, or other holiday cookies from Oct. 15, 2017 to Jan. 14, 2018.  

More than 1,250 cookies were bought and decorated during the promotion raising $2,000 for United Way of Dickinson, the release stated. Many local sponsors kicked in donations to supplement the amounts raised at the restaurant, including Clear Creek Plumbing and Heating, Titan Oilfield Service, Tiger Truck Stop, iHeart Media, The Fisher Group, and County Line Truck Stop.

Nichole De Leon, executive director of United Way of Dickinson, said donations to the United Way are important. She said through donations the United Way is able to implement two new programs:

Drug Free Communities Coalition, which helps those under 18 fight and prevent addictions

Project H.E.R.O. which works with regional schools and families to help children who cannot afford school lunch, but are also not able to receive free or reduced lunch governmental aid.

“By nurturing the well-being of these students, the program helps empower both students and families to increase their self-sufficiency,” she said in a statement.  

An estimated 30,000 people will be served by United Way funding through various programs.