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Sweet Treats: Mr. Cookie Raises Awareness of Child Abuse Prevention

People gather for sweet treats

Osher students got a sweet treat during a recent lunch break as a volunteer wearing a cookie costume handed out hundreds of cookies while talking about the services offered in the county to abused and neglected children.

Mr. Cookie’s visit to the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus was part of a campaign to raise awareness of The Tree House Child Assessment Center of Montgomery County.

On May 2, the campus will be the starting and ending points for The Tree House Tour de Cookie, a bike ride that is designed to raise money for and awareness of child abuse in Montgomery County. Cyclists of all ages are invited to choose between two routes, one 14 miles and the other 40 miles.

Along the routes, cyclists can stop to grab a cookie at any of 10 cookie stands.

Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus is a sponsor of the event.

Patrick Sieg, a volunteer, donned a large cookie suit in April and visited several locations in Montgomery County to raise awareness of the Tour de Cookie. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Staff of the Tree House Child Assessment Center baked hundreds and hundreds of cookies for Mr. Cookie to hand out to members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The cookies were free, but many Osher members gave donations.

“Mr. Cookie came to Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus to catch the attention of Osher students and community members and raise awareness about the services offered by the Tree House to abused and neglected children in our county,” said Nina Blecher, community engagement coordinator for The Tree House. “Mr. Cookie was chosen because while the work we do is extremely serious, we have a very fun awareness coming up on May 2nd. We hope that by having Mr. Cookie at JHU, we have opened the eyes of people who otherwise wouldn’t know  about the Tree House and perhaps we may get more people involved in our event too.”

All proceeds from the event go directly to the Tree House to help provide services to abused and neglected children.

“Every day, children who have been victimized walk through our doors,” Blecher said. “These are children you pass on the street, in the park, at the mall. They are typical children who had some every terrible experiences. Every day, The Tree House helps them overcome these traumas.”

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