It started as a macho bake-off between dads. Months later, they’ve delivered 15,000 cookies to essential workers.

By Sydney Page The Washington Post

In April, two dads in Huntingdon, Pa., decided to have a bake-off — mostly out of boredom.

They had no idea it would turn into a movement of more than 100 people in their small town, baking and delivering cookies each week to essential workers at hospitals, fire departments and grocery stores. They were shocked when their competition-turned-good deed started to spread to other communities.

It began when Scott McKenzie was furloughed from his job at Juniata College, a local liberal arts school. With his newfound free time, the father of two vowed to acquire an untapped skill every week.

Baking homemade chocolate chip cookies was at the top of his list. The 58-year-old man had never made them from scratch. He decided it was time.

“I made an absolute mess of the kitchen, but the cookies were actually pretty good,” he said.

“He said, ‘Great job, but I bet mine are better than yours,’ ” said McKenzie, adding that Uhrich, a middle school English teacher, baked cookies with his two sons that same day. “Right away, it was on like Donkey Kong. We decided to have a bake-off.”

The initial plan was to let essential workers — from a hospital, fire department or grocery store — judge whose cookies were superior, but given the pandemic, they decided it would be too difficult to coordinate several sampling sessions. Instead, they went straight to Huntingdon Borough Mayor David Wessels to pick the winner, and they decided to deliver the rest of the cookies to essential workers after the victor was named.

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