Rotary club donates cookies for cops

Date Published: 
January 3, 2014

Local police officers got a sweet treat for Christmas, as the Southern Sussex Rotary Club donated 40 boxes of holiday cookies to seven nearby police departments.

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: A bunch of white boxes decorated with Christmas-y children’s drawings.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: A bunch of white boxes decorated with Christmas-y children’s drawings.It was part of the Delaware Rotary’s massive, 10,000-cookie campaign to recognize public servants statewide.

“We’ve been involved in it for quite a while,” said Brad Connor, president of the group. “Basically, it’s just an appreciation of police in our area.”

Rotary clubs covered the state, with Southern Sussex delivering 40 boxes of chocolate-chip goodness to Dagsboro, Frankford, Selbyville, Ocean View, Bethany Beach, South Bethany and Fenwick Island.

In his time on the Dagsboro Town Council, Connor said, he personally came to appreciate the cops’ work.

“They’re vital to the community. I have a real passion for the police, because I know how important they are,” he said.

Connor himself got to do the Frankford and Dagsboro deliveries and so saw familiar faces light up when the cookies arrived.

“It’s the little stuff in life that means anything to anybody. It’s hard to explain. It really is just a very nice thing to do,” Connor said. “They’re just very appreciative.”

Once again, Delcastle Technical High School culinary students pulled an all-nighter to bake 10,800 cookies in an effort honoring Lt. Joseph Sczcerba, who was killed on duty in 2011.

Then, schoolchildren decorated each of the boxes with drawings and Christmas messages.

“That’s what Rotary is: service above community. That’s why I love being in the Rotary Club, just giving back … whether in scholarships, internationally or locally,” Connor said.

Southern Sussex Rotary Club welcomes new members “with a heart to serve the community.” They meet every Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. at Brandywine Senior Living center at the intersection of Routes 54 and 20 in Selbyville.