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Anonymous donor says 'thanks' to police with sweets

WAYNE COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

A Missouri bakery is finding a sweet way to say thank you to the men and women who put their life on the line; and they're doing it thanks to an anonymous donor.

It started back in May of this year when a patron gave $700 to Midali Cheesecakes and Confections.

The only instruction was to use that money to bake treats for local law enforcement and emergency responders.

Now that's become a monthly tradition that's reaching far beyond the rural boundaries of Wayne County.

The bakery recently delivered cakes and cookies to Ferguson, Clayton and Pacific police stations.

It's also a cause that hits close to home for one of the owners, who has family in law enforcement.

In fact, she became emotional when we talked about how the concept started.

"But it's hard to let people know you appreciate them when they're in fear all the time," said Rhonda Cates, part owner of Midali Cheesecakes and Confections. "And I can see why they would be. It's pretty dangerous out there, even in small towns. You know it's not just in the big cities any more. But when somebody let's you know that you're happy with what they do, it helps them to do their job better."

Cates said the donor wants to stay anonymous because they want the focus to be on officers and showing them appreciation, not getting attention for their good deed.

Now the grassroots effort has gained momentum across several states, calling it "Share to care for a Cop."

Cates is encouraging others to show appreciation in other ways, whether it be a simply thank you or gift card.

Piedmont Police Chief Richard Sanders said their department is so thankful for the sweets and kind gesture from their local bakery.

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