It all started last July, when Mike Massey transferred to his new assignment at CHPRC in Richland, WA. He started baking breads from his Mom’s recipes and his awesome habenero peanut butter cookies as a way to make friends with his co-workers. He quickly found out that his baked goods were a big hit with his co-workers.
Mike then had lunch with Ben Mathes over the Christmas holidays and they talked about the idea of raising funds for the CYCIC fund raiser using Mike’s baking as the initial incentive. Mike then returned to Richland and asked his co-workers if they were interested in the fund raising effort and received a very positive response. His initial goal was to raise a modest $300, which he thought would be great. This would have resulted in the purchase of two sewing machines for the ROW Sewing Schools Project.
Mike start baking earnestly in January just to see what would happen bringing either cookies or breads to work generally twice a week. When the total sales for January came in at $339, he was beside himself. Donations came in as pocket change, $1’s, $5’s, $10’s, $20’s, and even some checks up to $100.
The donations have continued in this fashion for the past 4 ½ months to reach a total of $1,950, enough to purchase 13 sewing machines through the end of this campaign. This is totally awesome for such a small group of only 29 people! This just shows how people can come together for a cause and make a difference. These wonderful people have definitely made a difference.