Mom and Son Bake Love for Local Heroes on Christmas

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While most people are at home enjoying Christmas with friends and family many police officers and fire fighters are spending the day on duty.

A local mom and her son have a sweet tradition that gives back to our law enforcement.

“They have to work on Christmas I thought it was really sad and I just didn’t like it,” said Cookies for Heroes Organizer, Leo Rae.

First responders put their lives on the line every day to protect Northwest Arkansas.

One local family is sacrificing their Christmas to bake love and say thank you.

“Somehow we came up with the idea to bring cookies to them and the next year he wanted to bring cookies to even more departments,” said Leo’s mom, Tiffany Rae.

It all started back in 2014 when 4-year-old Leo Rae told his mom he wanted to make cookies for heroes. 

Now the event has spread all the way to Missouri and Oklahoma with over 40 families baking Christmas joy.

“I make little ribbons, I make stars, I make trees, I make holiday leaves,” said Rae

But Leo’s favorite thing about visiting these guys on Christmas.

Getting a VIP tour.

“With all of the hate against police and everything that’s going on in the media and stuff lately, we just really want them to know that we do value them and we do appreciate them and that their sacrifices don’t go unnoticed,” said Tiffany Rae.

And through the hustle and bustle of the season Rae said this family tradition gets her through the holidays.

“It’s been a huge blessing, it’s a tradition we really enjoy doing every year and this year it’s been something that I really needed. It’s been really awesome getting to know people that help our community and help keep it safe,” said Tiffany Rae.

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