Rethinking the Donation Goodies

On Friday, 8am, I was out the door heading for the grocery store to get fresh supplies for baking. I had signed on to make Chocolate Chip cookies, and Puppy Chow. I’m told these are great for sales, folks have even done a request for the Puppy Chow.
I know how much was spent on high quality ingredients.
Meanwhile, Husband cleared the kitchen table so I would have plenty room to work, and have space for cookie racks for cooling.

Home again at 9:45, I pulled out equipment, turned on the oven to pre-heat.

Measuring, stirring, Timer. You know kitchen routine.

Turned off the oven at 1:40pm. While the cookies were cooling, I set up the double boiler and got going on the Puppy Chow.

While it was cooling on paper lined trays, I plated, wrapped, and labeled the cookies.

After they were set in the box, I dipped the Puppy Chow into 9oz paper cups, covered with plastic wrap, and taped labels.

Setting the boxes out of the way on the coffee table in the living room, I filled the sink with water to wash equipment. Laid a towel on the cleared off table, and stacked dishes to dry over there.

My mother-in-law came in and viewed the heap. My goodness, that means so much work!

at 4pm, Delivered 3 boxes of goodies to the gal who had promised to chauffeur them to the retirement center.

So that means I had been fretting my task for 8 hours.

This morning, a friend picked me up so we could go be Volunteers at Fall Fest.
She was in Baked Goods, and I was in the Boutique/ Crafts.

Before I was due to report, I perused the vast array of donations for yumminess on several long tables. When I got to the spot where my cups of Puppy Chow were set out, I gulped so loud that a couple gals came hurrying over to see if I was going to be sick.

Guess the price on the label for a cup of Puppy Chow?
Here’s the list of ingredients as copied from my little label– PUPPY CHOW ingredients: CRISPIX cereal, Ghiradelli semi-sweet chocolate chips (melted), creamy natural peanut butter, dairy butter, powdered cane sugar.

Looking at my grocery receipt, the total for that list is almost $10 per batch. Understood is only one cup peanut butter, and only one stick butter used in each. I got 16 servings from a batch.

Quickly in my head, I figured just the supplies would be close to 60¢ per cup. + standing & stirring. Golly, the stirring.
So when I saw a price of 25¢ on each cup, well, I did that big intake of breath.

I told the leader that price just would not do. I said $1 per cup, but she said she wants to make sure they walk out the door, not sitting around for being over-priced.
She said she would split the difference– 50¢ per cup, told her assistant to place new labels over the lower one.
It was all I could to to not sweep my arm across to let them land back in my box to bring home again!!

I had to get to my station, so I did not get back to the Baked Goods room for a couple hours. That’s when I spied a couple plates of my Oatmeal Choco chip cookies.

Three on a plate, in a zipper-grip bag were priced at 50¢ — yep 1/2 dollar. At a coffee shop, I know ONE cookie that size is 49¢ and here were 3 of mine which tastes even better, at 16½¢ apiece. Daa-yum– I am in the wrong mindset.

Now, I’m willing to let go a bit of price on yarn projects. Much of the time, yarn is from a donation bag, plus, I like to be working with my hands while I’m watching tv or something. A hat can sit in the Done Basket for weeks, yet still be fine when sold.

But baked goods mean that I want to use recently purchased, fine ingredients. I do the work at the last possible minute so treats will be fresh and tasty for whoever is doing the buying. Baked goods costs more, both in supplies and energy.

So I am feeling discouraged. In the first place, any amount of money will help a worthy cause. I know I am donating whatever I do, therefore my output is all profit for the Charity. Also know that folks want a good bargain when they buy something.

Ah well. All done. Of course my sweet treats all sold out.
Actually, All the tables in Baked Goods section were empty.

I left several of my yarn leftovers for the Activity Director to use for whatever seems good.
I did bring home again the bookmarks. Will donate them to an elementary school librarian who is a stickler about using something to mark the reading place in a book. “Never ever fold down the corner of the page”

Gotta go. Mailman down the Court.

~~love and Huggs, Diane

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A gal with a kind heart. Married to a nice guy. Empty Nest. Part-time flexible job in the public school system. Loves to work with yarn.
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7 Responses to Rethinking the Donation Goodies

  1. momma says:

    It has to be disheartening to work so hard and spend so much then see someone price it for a quick sale with no thought of what it took to make it. I’m sure it would have been sold at the higher price had she waited just a bit. I guess you should find a way to claim a donation to make up for the incident. I certainly would not spend that kind of money again for ingredients for that charity.

  2. MrsDoF says:

    Thanks, Momma Mary. Exactly what Husband said.

  3. MrsDoF says:

    Had a conversation with my friend who works at the Retirement home. She says “don’t give up on us” and YES she has been working on the money-maker side of things.
    Some folks think the Fall Fest is like a yard sale and come looking for bargain basement prices.
    There are many on the planning committee who are trying hard to change that attitude, and knowing how upset I am, when not even my costs are paid + my efforts– well, she seemed glad to be informed.

  4. Certainly this woman should have known how much it costs to bake – not to mention all the work it takes to bake. I am not a baker and I usually just make a donation. Some how, this is not as rewarding as giving something made with love and attention. Maybe, you can mark the price on them before delivery. Just a thought.

    • MrsDOF says:

      My friend is the Outreach Director, an employee/ supervisor on the grounds, but each of the Volunteer sections for the Fall Fest has its own person-who-makes-decisions. I did mention that I would like to price my own items, but some folks don’t think that is proper. It is rather confusing.
      I have often refused a position on planning committee, citing a lack of time, yet my friend says being part of the background is where I might do much more influence.

  5. momma says:

    Sorry –but my first thought is give and keep on giving not only your goods but your time. Might is the operative word here.
    You didn’t ask my advice and I normally don’t volunteer it but darn it Diane they just don’t seem to appreciate what the donor does. You must do what you believe is right but make sure it is also fair to you.

  6. Pammie says:

    Know what you mean – have visited several church rummage sales where baked goods were laid out on tables. Last one I went to had 5 homemade cookies for $5 a plate. Now, (in my humble opinion) that was a bit high, since they were not very large nor did they have a plethora of expensive ingredients, but looking at it another way – this was a money maker for a church, so ya kind of expect a little higher prices. You definitely have the right mind-set; you KNOW the amount of effort that went into your cookies/Puppy Chow, etc. from the quality of them to the time it took to make them – 25 cents a cup is outragious! (I love the stuff, but don’t want to put out the effort to make it!)
    Perhaps being on the planning committee might be a good idea; you have very practical ideas and it sounds like that’s just what they need now! YOU GO, GIRL!!!