Baking cookies has become something more than a culinary exercise for the Pierotti Family. Six-year-old Ryland has turned the treats into a different kind of "dough."
Ryland was moved recently to do something to help.
"I guess she saw a commercial on television about children in need," said Ryland's mother, Walker.
So they looked online for an organization that could use some help.
"St. Jude [Children's Research Hospital] popped right out at her," said Walker, "and she just grabbed it, and she's like, 'That's it! That's what I want to do!'"
That's where the cookies come in. The family baked, and Saturday morning, Ryland went to visit her neighbors and see if she could exchange the treats for donations.
"They kind of said, 'OK, you don't need to give me the cookies. I'll give you some money,'" Ryland said.
She came back with $335 in the bag.
The next step was a page on St. Jude's website, which asks for donations to help kids with cancer and other diseases instead of birthday gifts.
Just four days later, nearly $2,000 has been raised. Mom thinks family is helping spread the word.
"I was kind of surprised, because somebody gave me a thousand dollars," said Ryland.
Ryland turns 7 this month. while there will surely be birthday treats for Ryland, the hope is that, as she grows older, the gift to St. Jude's will grow, too.
"We're just super proud of her," said Walker.
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