Cookies and Cocoa raises $4,000 for Community Christmas

GODFREY — The 12th Cookies and Cocoa at Freer Auto Body for Community Christmas raised $4,000 for the Riverbend and Madison County effort to help families in need this season. 

The nonprofit fundraising event held this month for the United Way’s Community Christmas has been held every year, except last year because of the pandemic, since 2018. 

The Christmas in July event, hosted and created by the Freer family, founded the granddaughters Taylor, 18, and Lily Freer, 15, raised nearly $52,000 this past summer. Cookies and Cocoa also brought in tons of toys, coats and other needed items. 

“In July, due to the generosity of the community, when we closed that Friday we raised ‘almost’ $50,000 and a sweet couple from Glen Carbon sent a sweet note to Taylor and Lily and said they did not like ‘almost,’ so they gave Taylor and Lily a check to put them over $50,000,” recalled Freer Auto Body co-owner Margaret Freer.

Donations have kept coming in, but it’s slower than past years. 

“It has been a tough year,” Freer said. “We knew the need was still there, so decided to do Cookies and Cocoa for Community Christmas, even though we didn’t do it last year due to COVID. 

“We still count our blessings and appreciate all God and the community has done for us. Taylor and Lily want to make sure all children have a special Christmas.” 

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