Savannah’s Ely Rooney is on a mission to prove a small act can make a big difference during troubled times.
The owner of De Colores Cookies Y Mas is selling hand-painted and glazed Texas cookies to benefit those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
“I’m not a rich woman, but I wanted to be able to give in some way,” Rooney said. “So that’s where Cookies for Texas was born.”
The bakery specializes in custom-made colorful, vibrant cookies and is now offering cookies in the shapes of Texas and the Texas longhorn. A dozen costs $36, and all of the proceeds benefit the Greater Houston Community Foundation, Samaritan’s Purse and other organizations dedicated to helping victims of Hurricane Harvey.
A Houston native, the bakery owner said she simply had to do something when she saw her hometown ravaged by the hurricane. Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 storm and dumped more than 2 1/2 feet of rain in parts of the state, according to The Associated Press.
“All of my family is over there, and I have friends over there and they were all affected,” Rooney said. “Watching all of this unfold, from a thousand miles away, is one of the most gut-wrenching things I’ve ever had to see. I’ve seen my friends’ homes go under 7 feet of water. It’s gut-wrenching to see them try and rebuild.”
So the Savannah mother of four sprang into action. Since creating these cookies for a cause less than a week ago, Rooney has raised about $1,200.
“Some of the cookies have a bit of an Aztec, Texas flair to them,” she said. “I’m doing Texas shapes and longhorns because that’s what I associate my hometown with . There is an eclectic mix to it, it’s very artistic and it’s not perfect.
“The cookies are hand-shaped and hand-printed making each cookie a unique treat.
“As soon as my kids go to bed, I’m up into the night baking,” she said. “It’s a lot, but it’s worth it because in a way I feel like I’m walking with my fellow Texans. From baking to decorating, the cookie process can take anywhere from three to seven hours.”
And an operation always runs a little smoother with more hands on deck.
Rooney’s friend, Leah Yakabovits, helped package and deliver cookies and said she understands Rooney’s desire to help.
“Ely’s a good friend of mine, and I sort of know what she is going through,” Yakabovits said. “My parents went through Katrina in New Orleans. And sitting from afar and watching from here is not easy to do. It’s important to be able to keep your hands and your mind busy, while bringing some relief to those in Texas.”