Local merchants carry Casey’s Cookies, which are part of a non-profit company called The Casey Project.
The organization raises funds for developmentally and physically disabled adults.
The adults are given jobs as employees at The Casey Project, where they “bake cookies from scratch, then package and sell the cookies.”
Casey Torman, whom the group is named after, was born with a birth defect called Goldenhar Syndrome. The condition can include deformities of the face and spine. Sometimes mental retardation is also an outcome.
A low IQ and impaired hearing are two of Torman’s daily battles. Torman's bright spirit, can-do attitude and compassion enable her to prevail.
According to The Casey Project website:
“But, throughout her physical ordeals, and despite her reduced ability to comprehend, Casey has never lost her sense of humor or her love of people. She has learned to read and write, and can solve simple math problems. She loves Gospel music, and credits God with healing her.”
To date, Torman has undergone nine corrective surgeries.
Casey’s Cookies are distributed at many stores on the beaches, with the proceeds benefitting the handicapped employees and providing them with an income and a place to live.
Some local carriers of Casey’s Cookies are:
Casey’s Cookies also offers cookie gift baskets, cookie gift boxes and party trays. Visit The Casey Project website for more information.