Grand Island's Habitat for Humanity needs Christmas cookie bakers.
On December 2, the housingprogram will have its annual Christmas Cookie Walk fundraiser. In preparation,Habitat is recruiting approximately 250 bakers who will donate holiday cookiesto be sold at the event. Their goal is to have 12,500 cookies for sale.
However, Habitat isfacing a recruitment problem. With so many people switching from land-linephones to cell phones, much of the contact information they have for volunteersand potential volunteers isn't current anymore. That leaves them hopingpast donors will call, while searching out new volunteers through social media.
"We sent out a postcard tomany of our previous donors, but they are used to us calling to confirm adonation," said Dana Jelinek, Habitat's Executive Director. "We'vefound we have a high percentage of discontinued phone numbers in ourrecords."
The Christmas Cookie Walk hasbeen an annual event since 2003. It's grown from 7,000 cookies for sale inthe first year, to between 10,000 and 12,000 cookies each year since.Annual sales range between $4,000 and $4,800 for the one-day sale.
In addition to being a fundraising event, the Christmas Cookie Walk has become part of many people'sholiday traditions. Individuals attend alongside families, as they purchasehome-made treats for their holiday platters. They also enjoy other activities,including trivia give-aways for those waiting in line to get in. Buyers aregiven carry-out boxes and plastic gloves so they may select their cookies whichare sold by the pound.
"Colorful, festive and funholiday cookies are the best sellers at this event because that's what peoplewant to share at Christmas," added Jelinek.
Currently, recruitment is behindschedule. Only those who would like to donateagain or for the first time should call the Habitat office at 308-385-5510 forfurther information.
The cookies will be accepted on December 1 between 4and 8 p.m. at the Family Life Center at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. The eventwill be the following day from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the same location.