Local bakery raises money for fallen Weymouth sergeant, one of their “regulars”
By Alana Cerrone
MANSFIELD, Mass. (WLNE) – The last baker’s dozen of White’s Bakery’s special blue and black half moon cookies was out the door before 8:00 Tuesday morning.
The cookies were a favorite of fallen Weymouth Police Sgt. Michael Chesna.
White’s COO John DeSimone says Sgt. Chesna would come into the Hingham location and buy eight half moons at a time.
When employees there got word of his death, they just wanted to help. They agreed to donate all of their tips to a fund for his family.
That turned into a bigger idea – to also donate proceeds from special edition half moons cookies.
The 50 sold out. So did the next 50. By Tuesday morning, the bakery had sold out of all 900 cookies.
Customers like Blake Riley and her son Curtis showed up a little too late to get their hands on some, too.
"We come from a thin blue line family so this hits home for us. It’s a good problem to have if they sold out, so we will certainly find a different way to support the family."
The cookies’ success is a testament to one community’s support for a fallen officer and one bakery’s small – but sweet – gesture.
"You feel a little bit helpless in terms of what can you do, what difference can you make? In the grand scheme of things we’re not going to be able to change much but at least we can show we do appreciate the sacrifice Officer Chesna’s family made for us,” said DeSimone.
The bakery is donating around $2500, from employees’ tips and proceeds from the cookie sales plus what the company matched.