so many cookies

Cookies For C
by Dave Thomas
A few weeks ago, a friend came up to my wife and asked, “Can I bake some cookies and send them to C?”
Before long church members, friends and others who have been concerned with C’s predicament began to send cookies (biscuits for our UK friends) and treats his way. We suggested they be store-bought and commercially packaged to negate that as a reason for not letting him have them once the cookies arrived.
It is, of course, a jail and not a shelter. We didn’t want staff that oversee the inmates to be concerned that a file or a shank was making its way in.
The outside of all the boxes were marked “COOKIES FOR C.”  Many thanks to all who participated.
The staff at Krause Youth Center, Lawrence County, PA was overwhelmed with the volume that kept arriving. They ran out of space to store the cookies and wanted to know if it would be okay to freeze some of them to keep them fresh! The staff said they had never seen anything like it and really didn’t know how to deal with it.
They told C’s father they have never seen so much love directed at one of their charges, and the obvious support he has.
C was really surprised and grateful. He sends his thanks to you all and is pleased so many showed their love and support for him!
The other evening was the first any were opened as they finally made their way to the detention building and to C. Cookies and treats were shared with everyone in the facility—including staff. C told his father that many of the juveniles incarcerated with him seldom, if ever, get mail or visits from anyone; so they really enjoyed in sharing the treats.
Thank you to all!  You not only made some good days for C to look forward to by having many more cookie and treat days, but also a remembrance for a bunch of God’s kids who have apparently been written off and forgotten.
A simple idea to foster for others.

Dave Thomas is a retired electric utility operations manager, has been married for over 50 years to a woman who has served as a church secretary for over two decades. They presently live in Florida after living in same Pennsylvania community for 33 years. He is a former member of the Rotary International, Chamber of Commerce, and various state and national professional organizations.


Previous installments of this unfolding story can be read here (1), here (2), here (3) and here (4).

Although it is not a part of the story of C, this is another story about the corrupt courts of Lawrence County.


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8 Responses to “so many cookies”

  1. 1 matt
    May 24, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    This must certainly let not just C, but all of Lawrence County, PA, know that folks around the country are watching what has and will transpire with this young man. As you have shown here, and Dan has often pointed out about our young parricides, abandonment by family is a common theme which makes a positive attitude and grasping even the concept of having a bright future, very difficult.

  2. May 24, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    It is hoped that the message issued by all of these brave people is passed and that the triumvirate of rogues who sit at Newcastle Common Plea Court has understood that this kid has the attention of a larger number of people they imagined. That the situation of C is followed closely by those who actually hold to him and who appreciate this kid. That they cannot afford to do everything and anything with this young man.

    I’m glad to learn that this support operation has not served only to boost the morale of C by showing him that he’s not forgotten by all or almost, but that it helped other children, abandoned by all except perhaps by God, to know a few moments of pleasure.

  3. 3 len
    May 25, 2015 at 11:22 am

    I have been watching this situation from 3000 miles away in the UK, and as an american i am ashamed to see what is happening to this young fellow and his dad. I have always held american justice up as a beacon for the free world, but this situation makes us look like a third world tribal caliphate. is there no oversight in place to ensure justice, compassion and a sense of simple awareness of what’s best for the boy, despite the obvious enmity between the adults. be strong C and know that you are not alone, the same goes for you K.

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