Rowley Masonic Community residents deliver cookies to cops

Allison Ullmann - Staff
Chief Eric Vaughn shares a laugh with Rowley Masonic Community resident Syd Andersen on July 6. Andersen and fellow resident Donna McDowell helped bake cookies for Vaughn and Officer Josh Sparks, left, along with the rest of the Perry Police Department. PHOTO BY ALLISON ULLMANN/THE PERRY CHIEF

Plates of freshly baked cookies in plastic bags were handed to Chief Eric Vaughn and Officer Josh Sparks on Friday, July 6.

The cookies were delivered to the Perry Police Department by members of the assisted living portion of the Rowley Masonic Community.

“Thanks so much,” Vaughn said as yet another plate of cookies were added to the pile in his hands.

Teresa Painter, the assisted living unit manager, said the residents started baking the cookies at 8 a.m. on Friday morning.

“They all decided that you deserve some gratitude and some thanks for all that you do,” Painter said. “We are so grateful for all that you do for Perry.”

Vaughn turned to Syd Andersen and Donna McDowell to shake their hands.

“Thanks for baking for us,” he said.

Painter added that the residents want to continue the service project to include other groups like the ambulance or fire departments.

The service project, she said, stemmed from an in-house program called Letters and Calls. The assisted living residents go over to the nursing home side of Rowley to read to them or make phone calls.

The program was so successful that Painter said they wanted to find a way to expand it.

“It helps them feel better about themselves, about giving back to the community,” Painter said of the charity work.

She hopes to continue the baking project for service groups and others in the area as long as the residents are up for it.

“Every month we’re going to have some sort of charity event that we’re either be baking for or cooking,” Painter said. “Offering something for them thanking them for all of their hard work. They do have thankless jobs, as a nurse I know that.”