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Will free cookies cure the mid-winter blahs? No harm in trying

A pair of local bakers have spent the week cranking out cookies they plan to deliver to London's police, firefighters and paramedics today as a sign of appreciation for the work they do.

Pair plans to deliver 1,000 cookies to London police, firefighters and paramedics today

Deb Par-Nash, left, and Joanne Lombardi were busy this week baking hundreds of cookies they plan to deliver to London's first responders. (Andrew Lupton/CBC)

Two local bakers have spent the week cranking out cookies they plan to deliver to London's police, firefighters and paramedics today.

It's their way of saying thanks to the city's first responders as a sign of appreciation for the work they do. 

Another reason? They're hoping the cookies will raise spirits as everyone battles through a rough week of brutally cold temperatures.

"We thought this would be the best way to give back to them," said Joanne Lombardi, who along with partner Deb Parr-Nash run Kindness Cookies. 

Deb Parr-Nash of Kindness Cookies had two mixers going Wednesday in an effort to have the cookies ready for delivery on Thursday. (Andrew Lupton/CBC)

CBC London caught up with the pair on Wednesday, as they worked quickly from a kitchen they rent at the back of an east London business. 

As they cracked eggs and mixed ingredients, the pair — both former educators — said they plan to bake more than 1,000 cookies and deliver them Thursday. 

Lombardi said the recipe of their business model has always been equal measures kindness and cookies. 

Each cookie they deliver today will also come with a label. Recipients can use it to pass along a positive message to someone else. 

The cookies will be delivered in boxes like this one to first responders across the city. (Andrew Lupton/CBC)

"We really have a social mission," Lombardi said. "We see ourselves as a social enterprise where we're going to make a difference through our product. We like to think we're as much about the kindness as the cookies." 

After baking all day Wednesday, the pair plan to rise early Thursday to deliver 25 boxes of cookies to the workplaces of first-responders around London.

"Everybody right now, especially in a cold winter, could use a bit of kindness. That's what we're all about we love to bake, but we want to make a difference."

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