GRAND BLANC TWP. — A special delivery was received at Ascension Genesys Hospital in Grand Blanc Township on Tuesday, Jan. 12: boxes of individually-wrapped, homemade cookies with inspirational messages from local students.
The cookies were distributed to staff caring for COVID patients. Hospital chaplains delivered 300 cookies throughout the hospital and heard many positive comments about the thoughtfulness of the gift of cookies and uplifting notes.
“I was having a heavy day today, and this was just what I needed … to be reminded of the good,” said one Intensive Care nurse.
“This is so sweet,” said another caregiver. “Sometimes, we just need a boost, and cookies with notes from kids are just the right thing.”
Clinton Township resident Jon Kohlmann is behind the goodwill mission. Since the beginning of the holiday season, he has baked more than a thousand cookies and donated them to caregivers.
In addition to the notes from children, the cookies often come with scripture verses such as “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
Kohlmann’s passion for baking started a few years ago when he participated in various fundraising events.
“If it helps a good cause, then I try to help when I can,” he said.
To date, he has provided cookies to Ascension hospitals in Grand Blanc, Novi, Rochester, Macomb and Southfield. He planned to deliver cookies to the hospital in Kalamazoo this week.
“If I can make someone smile or share an encouraging scripture when things get hard, then that’s all that matters,” Kohlmann said.
He plans to continue baking and donating cookies until Ascension Michigan hospitals no longer have COVID-19 patients. — L.R.