Chef Christine Cushing Bakes Holiday Cookies with Homeless Youth

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Chef Christine Cushing helped roll out the holiday spirit with a cookie baking lesson for street kids at Covenant House Toronto.

Chef Christine Cushing helped roll out the holiday spirit with a cookie baking lesson for street kids at Covenant House Toronto.

The celebrity chef recently joined youth in the agency’s new culinary arts training kitchen where they turned out batches of sweet treats for their fellow residents this holiday season.

“As a chef, I’m so glad to have the chance to work with these youth to encourage them to follow their dreams and share their talents, especially during this season,” Christine says.

“It was a thrill for our kids who are training for jobs in the food industry, to work with a recognized expert like Christine,” says Danielle Neilson, who heads up the Ontario charity’s vocational services.

“Christmas is the hardest time of the year for young people who are without family but want the same joy and warmth we all hope for,” Danielle says. “We try to make Christmas as much like home as possible at Covenant House. Having traditions like fresh-baked cookies helps brighten our kids’ Christmas.”

Covenant House Christmas cookie recipes are available at http://www.covenanthouse.ca/cookies.

Covenant House, the country’s largest shelter for homeless youth, offers opportunity and hope to about 4,000 homeless youth annually. More than a place to stay, Covenant House offers the widest range of services under one roof to help kids turn their lives around. The agency relies on donors for more than 80 percent of its almost $19-million budget.

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