I might be the sappiest person out there when it comes to chocolate and kids. They both tug at your heartstrings and give you that warm fuzzie in the craziest ways.
A few weeks ago I spent some time with other sappy (the good kind of sappy) bloggers in Hershey, PA, the sweetest place on earth for a cookie/baking extravaganza. The folks at Hershey‘s and JSHA took care of us like rockstars, allowing us to experience Hershey’s winter fun,
making our own chocolate bars
shopping in the most amazing Hershey chocolate store
learning about the history of Hershey and chocolate and wearing goofy hair caps
drinking OH MAH GAWD chocolate from around the world and chocolate martinis!
eating chocolate infused meals
all things that you can do if you visit this time of year
and you should.
but here’s the kicker.
We got to experience first hand a dinner with kids from the Milton Hershey School (for at risk kids) and participate in a cookie exchange with them.
The school was a labor of love by founder Milton Hershey. Children are given a place to live in group homes with a husband and wife house parent. The parents we met had been there for 18 years, and you can tell for them it’s a life mission. For kids, many who come from unimaginable circumstances, acceptance into the school is based on financial need as well as living situations. Children thrive in the environment (many have no biological family involvement) and what I experienced was a real eye opener. I wish my own”buy me new jeans and a pony” kids could see this first hand.
If you know of an at risk family that should be considered, visit the site...
I’ll tell you too that the school is totally funded by Hershey products and trusts. Purchase Hershey products and know that you are helping kids the kids there lead a better life.
Heartstrings be tugged. Fuzzies be warmed. We are buying Hershey this year.
I was given an all expense paid trip to participate, but heartstring tugs were all my own…