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Keep  Greene green all year long by  supporting the following  business partners who wish you and your family the happiest of holidays and best in the
 New Year.

Ryan Funeral Home

Elaine Barnett  Photography

Charlotte Ramsey Realtors

Exceptional Events

David  S. Randle

Attorney  at  Law

 Mountain Valley Farm

Ann Mullen, Author
"Greene County Killer"

Donate to local charitable organizations

Carol Sarginger's Daylily Garden

Fairhill Farm Country Vacation Rentals

Greene County Parks & Recreation
Travel

Pad A Cheek Comfort Sleep Products

Little Shop on Main Street

Jay Knight & Associates, Dentists

In Greene:
Drs. Whynott & Flaherty

Moonstone Research for Authors & Editors

Especially Nice Gifts

Warmed Over Boys Music Duo

Garden Treasurers

The Best of Wishes from our family to yours
Alex and Mick Carrier
Victoria, Roxy, Doc & Zoie


Greg's House: A Christmas Cookie Tale
By Alex Carrier

Greg's House 2008For three years, a Greene County resident’s passion for baking cookies and his joy for life have been the spirit behind “Greg’s House,“ an annual holiday fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity.

Dubbed “the cookie man” by his co-workers at Charlottesville’s Doubletree Hotel, Greg Holder is the primary cookie baker for the signature specialty treats handed out to each guest of Doubletree at check-in.  During December, proceeds from cookie sales are donated to Habitat for Humanity.

“I make a lot of them, “declares Holder.  “We make five to six cases of cookies a day. I make chocolate chip, peanut butter and sugar cookies, but the oatmeal raisin cookie is my favorite. “

Holder’s current cookie count stands at 90,000 cookies baked over the past three years.  Expectations are for the cookie man to surpass 100,000 in early 2009. 

“We met Greg when the William Monroe High School Special Education Program brought his class for a Greg Holdertour,“ explains Angelic Yates, Director of Human Resources for Doubletree. “He stood out from the rest, and I invited him to do an internship.  That worked so well, we hired him. “

“Greg is very special,“ adds Yates.  “He brings joy to everyone working here.  His spirit is everywhere.“

When the Doubletree staff created a village of gingerbread houses three years ago as a way to raise money for local Habitat efforts, Greg’s spirit seemed a natural fit and the project became known as “Greg’s House.“  This year a ten-foot tall gingerbread “Greg’s House” stands outside the front entrance to the hotel’s main lobby. 

Visitors, guests and staff are invited into the lobby to see the smaller gingerbread village and to purchase the Doubletree cookies for $1 each.  All proceeds from sales of the cookies during December go to Habitat. 

“The first year we raised $1,000,“ says Yates.  “Last year it went to $2,500, and we have no idea how much we will raise this year.  Just today one person called in an order for 200 cookies.“Greg's House

Greg “the cookie man” Holder takes an active part in selling the cookies.  This month he could be found promoting the Greg’s House cookie sales at the Santa’s Workshop held in Ruckersville Elementary School. 

“He loves what he does, “says Greg’s mom Judy Holder, a teacher at RES. “He will tell everybody that there are people who would not have homes without help.  He just has a giving spirit.“
The connection between Ruckersville Elementary School, the Doubletree Hotel and Greg’s giving spirit reaches beyond the cookie sales. 

During this year’s grand opening of Greg’s House, several prizes were raffled off to people attending the reception.  Harry Arsenault, a student at RES, won two raffle prizes.

As young Harry was walking through the hotel lobby, he noticed several soldiers in uniform.  Harry gave one of the prizes he had won to one of the soldiers.2008 Gingerbread Village

Harry explained that the Veteran’s Day Tribute recently held at RES had taught him the importance of the work and sacrifice of America’s armed forces and their families and he wanted to thank them. 

“It makes you think about how we are all home with our families this holiday but there are so many troops out there fighting who won’t be able to spend the holiday with their families, “said Yates. 

For those who wish to be a part of the spirit of the holiday and Greg’s House, one can tour the gingerbread village and purchase cookies in the main lobby of the Doubletree Hotel on Route 29, Charlottesville, or please call 434-964-4475 to order.  Greg’s House cookies sales continue through New Year’s Day 2009.

See more photos of the 2008 Greg's House and Gingerbread Village.  Link. 2008 Gingerbread Village

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Keep  Greene green all year long by  supporting the following  business partners who wish you and your family the happiest of holidays and best in the
 New Year.

See our Special Holiday Business Advertising Package

Elaine Barnett  Photography

Donate to local charitable organizations

Ryan Funeral Home

Mick Carrier Computer and Internet  Services

Charlotte Ramsey Realtors

Ann Mullen, Author
"Greene County Killer"

Exceptional Events

Fairhill Farm Country Vacation Rentals

Jay Knight & Associates, Dentists

In Greene:
Drs. Whynott & Flaherty

Mountain Valley Farm

Especially Nice Gifts

Carol Sarginger's Daylily Garden

Little Shop on Main Street

Warmed Over Boys Music Duo

Garden Treasurers

Greene County Parks & Recreation
Travel

Moonstone Research for Authors & Editors

The Best of Wishes from our family to yours
Alex and Mick Carrier
Victoria, Roxy, Doc & Zoie

 

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