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ORRICK, Mo. -- A small town hit hard by a tornado earlier this year got a Christmas Eve surprise. More than a dozen volunteers went door-to-door to drop off bags of homemade cookies in Orrick, Mo., Wednesday night.

Nearly 80 percent of the town, about 300 homes, suffered damage from a tornado back in May. Now Kansas City non-profit, Taking It To The Streets, is hoping to bring a smile to those who need it most.

“We just wanted to bring a message of hope, bring some Christmas cheer,” said the non-profit’s founder, Scott Lamaster.

Lamaster organized volunteers to make 10,000 homemade cookies for about 350 homes in Orrick – a community he feels has been forgotten since a tornado hit seven months ago.

“It’s kind of in a rural area, not a lot of exposure, and hopefully this will help bring more exposure back to the town to help get this town rebuilt,” he said.

Residents agreed it’s been a long recovery.

“We just had our roof and my father-in-law lost his shop, my sister had a lot of damage, but we were lucky compared to some other people,” said Jamie Cook, who lives in town.

As for the cookies, Lamaster hoped the small gesture would bring a smile to their faces.

“That’s why we’re out, restoring hope in the lives that have been hurting for such a long time,” he said. “We’re here, we care, and they’re not forgotten.”

It’s a message families appreciated.

“Oh that was awfully nice of them to think about us,” Cook said.

And an act of kindness that helps put things in perspective.

“Nobody got hurt,” Cook continued, “and we’re all together for the holidays, so that makes it special.”

To learn more about Taking It To The Streets, click here.