If you happened to drive by the corner of E. Main St. and S. Champion Ave. on a Thursday afternoon this winter, you may have seen an interesting spectacle. Since February, a group of volunteers from the neighborhood has passed out cookies and hot cocoa on the corner of Main and Champion every Thursday from 2:30-4. The goal? Simply to do something positive on a corner notorious for negative activity.
So far the initiative has received a variety of responses, from the wary “you’re really giving these out for free…no strings attached?” looks to the big eyed, eager toddlers waiting to board the bus with their parents. By far the most encouraging interaction we’ve had came from a local resident. After only a few weeks of the effort, he stopped by the table and asked with an incredulous face, “How did you do it?”. We told him we really had no idea we’d done anything, other than add some calories to a few people’s diets. He replied, “This corner used to always have drug deals, but now there’s not. How did you do it?” It turns out cookies and a few hours of our time may be more powerful than we ever imagined.
Now that spring is here, the group has switched to lemonade and will be moving the time to Fridays from 4-5:30, but the purpose remains the same: to get to know our neighbors, to be a force for positive change, and to increase the safety of our neighborhood. If you would like to be a part of their efforts by either passing out cookies on Friday afternoons or making cookies please contact Courtney Rowland at 614-252-3157 x124 or firstname.lastname@example.org.