Northfield Mothers League makes, bakes and delivers

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NORTHFIELD – If you want something done, ask someone who is busy to do it. That adage again proved true the Tuesday before Thanksgiving when 35 members of the Northfield Mothers League, along with a few of their children and Girl Scouts, converged on member Maggie Siegel’s home for their annual Thinking of You neighborhood event.

For more than a dozen years, members have spread some warmth and good cheer at the holidays the old-fashioned way: by making it themselves. 

They are teachers, lawyers, crossing guards and more – but one common denominator is that they are all are moms. Every one of them finds some time to whip up their favorite cookies or special homemade soup and meet at Siegel’s home to put together something special to deliver to neighbors who might be elderly, not feeling well, or who just need a little sunshine in their lives.

The bakers each made five dozen cookies, and the soup chefs each mixed a big batch of their best soup. This year there was chicken noodle, vegetable, beef barley, vegetable barley, pumpkin, pasta fagioli, and a half-dozen more hearty varieties.

Big pots were hoisted to the counter, and members ladled the hot soup into bowls. The bowls were then packaged for each of the members to deliver later that evening.

The dining room table looked like a baker’s workshop, with plates piled high with cookies – chocolate chip, peanut butter, pecan tassies, and thumbprints topped with icing and sprinkles. The members picked up a holiday plate and went once around the table, filling it with cookies. Each plate then got a sprinkle of candies before it was wrapped in plastic, tied with ribbon and boxed for delivery.

And if the homemade cookies and soup were not a strong enough message to say they cared, the Mothers League used funds it had available to purchase all the fixings for a holiday meal for 10 families. Those baskets would be delivered later that same evening.

“We just want our neighbors to know we are thinking about them and we hope to make them feel a little better at Thanksgiving,” said member Ann Bonchi.

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