LAKEWOOD RANCH — There were oohs and aahs at nurses stations at Manatee Memorial Hospital, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center and elsewhere as church volunteers wheeled in gurneys loaded with thousands of fresh-made cookies.
The cookies were delivered Friday to say thank you for the care, compassion and work provided by the medical professionals as a highlight of National Nurses Week, said Tina Yoder, who headed up the project at Woodland - The Community Church in East Manatee.
The “Luvin From the Oven” project also sent cookies to school nurses and Bradenton Cardiology.“We had a bunch of people baking cookies Thursday,” Yoder said. Several organizations and food suppliers donated the supplies needed for baking and distributing the cookies.
At Woodland, volunteers baked chocolate chip, macadamia, and oatmeal-raisin cookies for about six hours Thursday night.
Ashley Spence, one of the volunteers with her mother, Rosanne Corbett, said the hardest part was resisting the temptation to sample the sweet treats.
Angeline Hale, a nurse manager at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, said, “This is a very nice gesture from our community church showing their support. Our nurses love cookies.”
Woodland is teaming up with six other area churches to deliver more than 7,000 cookies to nurses along the Gulf Coast.
“I received a warm welcome from the staff at Lakewood Ranch when I first toured their facility and feel honored to give back. This is our way of thanking them for the care the nurses give to those hurting in our community,” said Yoder, director of Ministry Involvement at Woodland.
Yoder worked with Hale to win approval to deliver cookies to each nurses’ station.
At Manatee Memorial Hospital, members of Sarasota Baptist Church delivered cookies to nurses.
“Our nurses were thrilled to see them,” said Betty Chambliss, director of advertising and community relations. “What a wonderful way to end nursing week.”
The cookie delivery effort was coordinated around Florida by the Global Association of Christian Hospitality Professionals. An estimated 30,000 Florida nurses were expected to receive cookies.
James A. Jones Jr., East Manatee Editor, can be contacted at 745-7021.