Cookie Monster Would Be Proud! Three-Year-Old Bakes Thousands Of Cookies For Essential Workers
She's spreading kindness and learning valuable life lessons in the process. Now others are pitching in to keep her project going!
There's nothing that cheers me up more than baked goods. I could be having the worst day in the world, but once there's a chocolate croissant in my hands, all of my cares seem to fade away.
Mia Villa knows the healing power of pastries. The three-year-old (with the help of her mother) has been perfecting her chocolate chip cookie recipe since she was 18 months old. Now, she's using her culinary talents to treat thousands of first responders in her community.
"The world was feeling down and we needed some kindness," Mia's mom Devin Villa told GMA. "I thought, 'Who doesn't love a chocolate chip cookie?'"
Mia's mom said her daughter developed a knack for baking at a young age. Mia's Cookie Jar/Facebook
Mia and Devin have dropped cookies off for hospital workers, supermarket employees, veterinarians and fire and police departments in their town of Stillwater, NY. The pair always wear masks when they make their deliveries and maintain a safe social distance.
MIa and her mother always follow safe social distance guidelines when dropping off cookies to first responders. Mia's Cookie Jar/Facebook
As word of Mia's project started to spread, people, or "cookie followers," as Mia calls them, started giving her suggestions on where to deliver her boxes of sweets.
Devin says Mia's baking process isn's complete without her "Mixer Dance."
Along with the homemade treats, Mia includes a hand-drawn picture with her deliveries and a positive message thanking the essential employees for all of their hard work.
"We've gone as far as an hour away from home to deliver them," Devin said. "They're so excited to see her, so thankful for what she's doing."
Mia and her mother Devin deliver boxes of cookies to essential workers all over their county. Mia's Cookie Jar/Facebook
Devin started a Facebook page called 'Mia's Cookie Jar' to share the pint-sized baker's acts of kindness and to encourage others to recommend recipients. Most people suggest those who they've had personal interactions with, creating a sweet (pun intended) opportunity to pay it forward.
The motto for the project is "Learning lessons and spreading kindness one cookie at a time." While Devin stands by in the kitchen when her daughter is baking, she says Mia does mostly everything herself. Her younger brother Gino has been filling in as a taste-tester when needed.
Mia always includes a hand-drawn picture and a personalized letter to show her appreciation for the workers. Mia's Cookie Jar/Facebook
When Mia makes her deliveries, she usually gets a small gift in return. She's gotten junior police badges, a patch from Knolls Atomic Laboratory and other items. Additionally, each time they drop off a batch, Mia learns something new – whether it's a lesson on saving lives or how to comfort sick animals.
"She can't wait to see where we're going," Devin said. "There's always something new to learn. It's been a great thing. It's a way for her to express kindness and bring people her cookies."
Mia has been collecting trinkets from her deliveries, and she's learning about all of the essential services in her community. Mia's Cookie Jar/Facebook
We love that, even at such a young age, Mia knows the importance of giving back to her community. Hopefully more kids will hear her story and be inspired to help others. As Devin commented, "If a three-year-old can do something like this then we all should be able to do something kind for someone."