PLANO — Some first responders will start 2012 on a sweet note.
Roger Muckerheide and his wife Laura spent hours Saturday night taking gourmet muffins to all the police and fire stations in Plano. It is a New Year's Eve tradition they started 21 years ago.
Every New Year's Eve, they deliver baked goods to people who put their lives on the line every day. They call it their "Guns and Hoses Thank You Tour."
"It's just our way of saying 'thank you' to those who are working on New Year's Eve, while the rest of us are out celebrating," Roger explained. "They are out protecting us — quite often from ourselves — and we just want to say 'thanks.'"
The Muckerheides used to bake everything themselves, but over the years it became too much for them to handle. Five years ago, Mimi's Cafe in Allen offered to donate their jumbo muffins for the cause.
That worked well for three years, until 2009, when corporate stopped the practice because of the economy. Mimi's, still wanting to help, now sells the muffins at cost to the Muckerheides on New Year's Eve, which is a generous discount.
Unfortunately, the same year the Muckerheides started buying the muffins, they lost their business and went on Social Security, so money became tight. Roger said paying for the goodies is difficult to manage, but that first responders are worth every penny he has.
"Our firefighters and police officers here in Plano do an outstanding job, and we just want to recognize them for that," he said.
If you would like to help the Muckerheides pay for the muffins next year, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.