This is a pretty cool volunteer opportunity that takes little effort and will be greatly appreciated. 

I met some gentlemen from the Rockford Reachout Jail Ministry during the Rockford Police's Friday bingo last week. They run a pretty cool group that goes out to meet with inmates at the local jail and help them through some tough times. They reminded me that those in the jail are usually just being held there. They haven't been convicted of a crime yet, they're just waiting for their trial. It can be a very scary confusing time.

That's where these guys come in. They make quarterly visits to the jail and help them through this. One of the highlights of these meetings are cookies that have been baked by members of the community.

This is where I'm asking for some help. I'm looking for donations of baked cookies to go to these inmates. You can drop them off at the station or even better, take them to bingo next Friday, Sept. 21 at 9:30 in the community room at District 1 Headquarters located at 1045 W. State St.

The cookies can't have frosting on them or contain nuts. They're looking for a basic chocolate chip or oatmeal cookie.  They should also be smaller in size, mostly to help store them.

If you want to bring them to the station, feel free to do so during normal hours. Just tell the front desk what it's for and we'll freeze them until then.

If you'd like to learn more about the Rockford Reachout Ministry you can check them out here.