12/15/2011 12:30 pm ET

Casey's Cookies Hires Workers With Disabilities, Fills 15,000 Cookie Order (VIDEO)


One year after opening, the small team of workers with disabilities at Casey's Cookies continues to live up to the nonprofit bake shop's mission -- "Sweet cookies, sweeter mission," ABC Action News reports.

Barry and Lori Torman launched the small Largo, Fla., business to offer a fulfilling place for people like their daughter, Casey, to work. Casey was born with Goldenhar Syndrome, a congenital birth defect that causes deformities of the face and spine, and in some cases mental retardation, according to the company's website.

As employees filled their biggest order yet, a call for 15,000 cookies, the Tormans are confident that they can spread their mission.

"We realized that our mission needed to expand,” Barry Torman told ABC Action News. "We needed to be able to package this up, and be able to make it available to parents with special needs kids elsewhere."


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