Group selling cookbooks and kitchen knives for charity

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The East Central Telecom Pioneers Association is raising money this week for a good cause.

“We are selling our Bell’s Best Cookbooks and the Rada knives,” says Sandra Blackwell, the president of East Central Telecom Pioneers Association.

The money raised will go to organizations that help those in need across the community.

“They are our fundraiser for the year,” Blackwell says. “We are a non-profit and we give all of our monies to charities, we do Feed by Faith, we do Care Lodge, we do Relay for Life, we do a veterans home in Kosciusko that we do Christmas for.”

The sale comes right in time for people searching for Christmas gifts, making these cookbooks and kitchen knives a great gift for those who love to cook or those who want to learn.

“Oh, you can’t get anything better than the Bell’s Best #1 Cookbook as a Christmas gift to someone that doesn’t have it,” Blackwell exclaims. “It’s what we call the bible and this is the best thing!”

The cookbooks come in a wide-variety, including ones that feature recipes from several different states across the South. They range in prices anywhere between $5 and $20.

“Spiral-bound cookbooks, they are $20, regular cookbook is $17,” Blackwell says. “We have a little ‘Going Wild in Mississippi’ which is a hunter’s cookbook, it’s $5.”

The group raised close to $8,000 last year and is already seeing a good turnout since setting up shop Monday.

“We hope that continues, the weather’s going to be a little cool, but you can come on out, it’s warm in here!” Blackwell exclaims.

The sale will go on through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the old telephone company building across from the Meridian City Hall Christmas tree.