Niagara Gazette — Valentine’s Day usually comes with flowers, chocolate and teddy bears attached. And sometimes little notes of sweet nothings.
For the residents of Our Lady of Peace Retirement Home, this year’s romantic gesture comes courtesy of a Lewiston sweet shop and some young delivery folks.
The Village Bake Shoppe owners Michael and Lindsay Fiore created and decorated 250 heart-shaped cutout sugar cookies to distribute to the residents with the assistance of the young Mount St. Mary’s Childcare Center attendees.
“I love to make people happy,” Michael said. “I just hope I can shine a little light into someone’s life, to spread some love.”
An additional 80 cookies will be given to the children helpers once they’re finished brightening the world of the seniors at the Lewiston retirement facility.
Four members of The Village Bake Shoppe staff began working on the cookies Thursday morning, a process lasting about five hours as they baked, decorated and wrapped the 330 total sweets for transport.
Giving back to the world around him is one of Fiore’s goals as owner of the Bake Shoppe, located at 417 Center St., Lewiston. He said his parents raised him with a Bible verse from the gospel of Luke as their guide. Luke 12: 48 to be exact, which says, in part, “from everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded, and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
“I was always raised on that saying,” he said about growing up in Niagara Falls’s LaSalle neighborhood.
Distributing the cookies is just the latest adventure for the little ones at the Lewiston hospital’s childcare center. They’re located across the street from the retirement center and frequent – with cooperative weather, of course – the halls of the residence to make the afternoon of those living at Our Lady of Peace, according to Virginia Wolbert, who serves as director of the childcare center.