Yep, it's time. I just got back from Italy yesterday and you won't believe but Lindsay and I have been working on the 2013 Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap for a couple of months now. It's the third year, we're getting together to bring food bloggers together, send each other cookies and help a great cause. Last year, we had almost 600 food bloggers sign up and raised nearly $4400 for Cookies for Kids' Cancer. PS that also means over 20,000 cookies were shipped all over the world. Amazing, right?
We're hoping to have it even bigger this year (more sign ups & raise even more money) and we hope you'll help us get the word out.
how does it work?
It's simple, food bloggers can sign up (& donate $4.00 to participate), receive 3 food bloggers' names and addresses, send out 1 dozen of the same cookies to each of the 3 names you get, receive 3 different cookies from 3 different people assigned to you and then post about the recipe you sent out. It's a lot of work for Lindsay and I to organize but so worth it. We do it because we want to receive cookies in the mail. 🙂 Who doesn't, right? Helping out a charity has been an amazing bonus for us!
If you're not a food blogger, Veronica is holding a cookie swap for non-bloggers on her site at Veronica's Cornucopia.
charity and brand partner news
This year, once again, we will be partnering with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, and collecting a $4 donation from every participant. By participating in this cookie swap you are not only helping to bring the food blogger community together, but also supporting a great cause. Additionally, our three generous brand partners, OXO, Gold Medal Flour, and Dixie Crystals, will EACH be matching our donation (up to $3,000). Additionally, all U.S. participants can also opt to receive free goodies from our partners, including kitchen gadgets and product coupons. We're so excited about our brand partners who will generously match up to $3000…to ensure we get the maximum donations, please tell your food blogger friends about the cookie swap!
(We do want to reiterate that ALL of the tax-deductible donations will be made directly to Cookies For Kids’ Cancer—a recognized 501(c)3 public charity duly incorporated under the laws of the state of New Jersey. Lindsay and I do not collect any money and we don't profit off of this event in any way. 100% of it (after merchant vendor fees) will go directly to this amazing organization).
sign up today!
There are tons of details including rules for the cookie swap on our official Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap website. Be sure to read it carefully as there will be no refunds of donations if you decide to drop out before the swap matches are made or if you don't meet all of the requirements to participate. Any news or reminders or updates will occur on the Cookie Swap site or follow us on facebook.
Sign ups will be accepted through Monday, November 4th.
Please make sure you visit and read the cookie swap info to see if your question is answered. If not, be sure to ask in the comments below and we'll answer your question. Let's do it that way since you never know, someone else might have the same question!
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