Here’s a Heartwarming Way to Score a Free Cookie (and Maybe $1,000)

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Bet you didn’t know: October is National Cookie Month!

It’s become a bit of a joke — and lamentation — at TPH headquarters that, although this sacred month is more than halfway over, we’ve seen absolutely zero deals on cookies.

Talk about disappointment. What kind of national celebration is that?

So when we (finally!) heard about this free cookie offer from Mrs. Fields, we were duly delighted.

That’s when we discovered the free cookie isn’t even the best part.

Get a Free Cookie from Mrs. Fields By Sharing Your Hero’s Story

Our long-awaited free cookie deal comes as part of Mrs. Fields #ShareYourHero contest, an amazing chance to honor that insurmountable someone you know whose valiant efforts, although impactful, may not be recognized.

It’s simple: Tell your hometown hero’s tale and you’ll score a free cookie, a coupon and the chance to have your hero publicly recognized — to the tune of a $5,000 donation to their charity of choice, plus a $1,000 check in their name and a community event in their honor.

Maybe it’s a local police officer or firefighter who puts their life on the line every day to keep the community safe.

Maybe it’s a neighbor who finds time to volunteer at the local homeless shelter, even though they’re also raising a family on their own and working full time — and holding down a side gig.

Or maybe it’s your mom. (That’s who I entered… and she totally deserves it. Hi, Mom!)

No matter who your hometown hero is, their story will be judged on the criteria of “selflessness, humility, impact and courageousness” — so feel free to wax poetic about their awesomeness!

And do it quickly: The contest closes at 11:59 p.m. ET, Oct. 31.

On Nov. 1, judges will select 10 finalists and post their stories here for a weeklong public vote. Then, the final winner will be chosen, notified and deservedly celebrated.

Meanwhile, you’ll be chowing down on the free cookie you’ll receive in the mail when you enter or the 8-ounce box of ‘em you’ll score for a buck off with the resultant coupon.

Unfortunately, the deal is open only to the lower 48 U.S. states, meaning of Penny Hoarders in Hawaii and Alaska cannot get the freebies.

But no matter where you live, you can (and should!) take the opportunity to let your local hero know you appreciate them.

Heck, maybe even bring them a tray of fresh, warm cookies — although with the dearth of National Cookie Month deals, you’ll probably have to bake them yourself.

Your Turn: Who’s your hometown hero? Why?

Jamie Cattanach is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Her writing has also been featured at The Write Life, Word Riot, Nashville Review and elsewhere. Find @JamieCattanach on Twitter to wave hello.