By Barb McKay
For a dozen years, Lena Clelland has given people an added reason to attend blood donor clinics in Kincardine.
Lana Clelland's home baked cookies made donors look forward to giving blood. (Barb McKay photo)
A long-time volunteer at the Canadian Blood Services clinics, Clelland’s contribution took a different turn when she decided that store bought cookies weren’t enough for the dedicated people who lined up to give blood at the clinics. She decided that the best way she could help out was to bring in mouth-watering, home-baked cookies as a way to say thank you. She has become known as “the cookie lady.”
“I like doing it,” she said. “I never have enough iron in my blood so I don’t donate. This is my way to donate.”
Last Wednesday, Clelland decided it was time to hang up her apron.
“I’m really going to miss this,” she said.
And everyone is going to miss her. Regular donors passed by the door to the kitchen on their way out to give hugs and thank her for making their visits special. Marisa Gatfield, community development co-ordinator for Canadian Blood Services in southwestern
“She will be greatly missed,” she said.
Clelland bakes 120 dozen cookies for each clinic and includes up to 15 different kinds. The most popular is a cookie that Clelland made up herself, with chocolate, M&M candies, oatmeal and coconut. Other favourites include peanut butter and a combination of pecan, currants and Rice Krispies.
Clelland didn’t reserve her cookies only for donors; at the end of each clinic she made up bags of cookies for each of the nurses and phlebotomists who ran the clinic. For Genevieve Madden, who can’t get enough of the mint chocolate chip cookies, it was a highlight of the day.
“We’d pass the bags up and down the aisle of the bus,” she said. “She (Clelland) has always been so awesome; so generous to everyone.”