Hatteberg's People - Rose Mary Mohr

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On Hatteberg’s People, Rose Mary Mohr is a busy woman. As President and CEO of the Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas and with a long history of helping people her life is full. But five years ago, she found a new need…and her life began to include cookie crumbs, letters from Iraq and an added mission.

“I suppose the main manner in which we pass things on to our children is not only what we say but what we do.”

It is a kitchen of cookies, hundreds of them….now turning into thousands. Rose Mary Mohr is the cookie lady.

“This for me brings me a certain peace in having reached out to others.”

“Good morning Terry!”

Rose Mary Mohr has been reaching out to others all her life. With the former Institute of Logopedics (now Heartspring) for 20 years, then with the Mental Health Association now for thirty years, and honored with group homes now even named for her – helping others is simply what she does.

“I was one of 12 children so we were always very busy and probably didn’t learn to use my leisure time the way people do today.”

It was five years ago when she felt a need to support American troops in Iraq.

“I just felt personally that I had to send some sort of message of support.”

So she began baking.

“And my family was in agreement with that so that is how it started.”

And baking and baking even more. And per month…the amount she bakes is amazing.

“It’s probably around 2,000. It’s a thousand sandwich bags and two cookies in a sandwich bag, so we have estimated we are probably approaching 100,000 cookies.”

“And when I do the cookies every month it takes me the better part of a week of evenings and weekends to put all those together. But I always get a letter or two every month that sort of revives my enthusiasm and energy for going ahead with it the next month.”

Many of her cookies, not surprisingly, go to a mental health unit in Iraq that works directly with the soldiers.

“We also take them to active duty units when we debrief them after they have lost some guys. Food helps with mourning. I thought….wow!”

They are just little cookies. But to the recipients far from home…in a war-torn land, they are a symbol of caring.

“It is important to send some sort of message to the soldiers that what they are doing is very important.”

“A lot of cookies.”

Larry’s Note: Rose Mary Mohr pays for all the ingredients herself plus the shipping. The shipping alone amounts to $300 per month…Rose Mary says she’ll do it…as long as she can.


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