Kindness in Real Life: Ledyard baker representing state in pediatric cancer fundraiser

Terri Berryman, who runs Momma B’s Sweet Treats of Ledyard, is continuing her charity baking tradition by representing Connecticut for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer for the second year.

“It gives me a chance to do what I love, which is bake and raise money for this very important cause,” she said. Her fundraiser is featured on the Connecticut state page of the Good Cookie Challenge, available at cookiesforkidscancer.org.

Berryman said she found out about the organization in a magazine article and started fundraising by selling cookies outside of Stop and Shop in Groton about seven years ago. She offered them to shoppers for a donation and raised more than $600 in one day, 100 percent of which was donated.

Through her fundraising, Berryman was able to meet famed cookbook author Dorie Greenspan, who partnered with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer after the release of her book “Dorie’s Cookies” in 2016; bakers on social media were invited to share pictures of cookies baked from the book’s recipes, and every post would result in a donation to the organization.

In addition to the local bake sales, Berryman also holds “virtual bake sale” fundraisers every September, which is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month; sometimes she also does a December fundraiser. When she’s not baking to fight cancer, she’s baking “Cooper’s Cookies,” her late Saint Bernard’s favorite recipe, to raise money for Ledyard C.H.A.I.N., an organization that raises money to support the town animal shelter and local families with pets in need.

Kindness in Real Life is a regular feature in The Times. To submit, email times@theday.com.

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