A holiday tradition that spans nearly three decades continues this year as Rivermark Community Credit Union, in partnership with the Safeway Clackamas Bread Plant’s Cookie Bake, is working to raise money for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital through the Dough for Doernbecher program.
On the first Saturday of every December, the Safeway Bread Plant—which, as the name suggests, usually makes bread—mixes 30,000 pounds of cookie dough using all donated ingredients. The next day, the plant hosts its Cookie Bake, during which members of the community purchase dough and, as Rivermark Chief Financial Officer Chris Caldwell said good-naturedly, “use cookie cutters and all the rest to decorate and bake and make a mess there and leave it and not clean it up.”
The event has grown steadily and has become a collaborative community-wide celebration, as Safeway employees handle the baking in the plant’s commercial ovens while Rivermark employees run the decorating stations. And in addition to the one-day Cookie Bake, which also includes photos with Santa and cookie decorating contests, Rivermark sells extra dough—usually in the neighborhood of 10,000 pounds—as a way to raise additional funds. Orders can be placed online until Dec. 1.
The entire project is truly a labor-intensive effort for Rivermark’s employees, who voluntarily spend the Saturday before the Cookie Bake bagging 30,000 pounds of cookie dough into five-pound bags.