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Missions benefit from Methodist cookie walk

By DONNA CRONK - dcronk@thecouriertimes.com

A New Castle First United Methodist Women’s (UMW) fundraiser continues when the annual cookie walk returns from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 8 at the church, 1324 Church St.

“This is our big outreach,” said this year’s walk co-chair, Cindy Hamilton. Also co-chairing is Linda Canner. The annual walk is a service project of the UMW.

Money raised helps support a variety of mission projects at the local, state, national and even international levels. Those projects include:

n Adopt A Child in Henry County: One or more names of a child in need of assistance is taken and the UMW purchases everything on the child’s list to ensure a nice Christmas.

n Salvation Army in New Castle: For general funds. The UMW helps support the Salvation Army throughout the year.

n The Christian Love Help Center in New Castle: Assistance is provided those in need. 

n The Lebanon Children’s Home: Children are loved, nurtured and cared for.

n Lucille Rains Residence in Indy: A provider of social services.

n Operation Classroom in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

n Red Bird Mission: Provides schooling for less fortunate in Kentucky.

n United Methodist Committee on Disaster Relief: Also known as UMCOR, provides help in times of disaster.

In 2017, the New Castle UMW donated $2,730 in outreach funds. The walk started in 1983. 

Not only is the event designed to benefit good causes, but provides fellowship among the women and community spirit among those who pass through to select from thousands of cookies of numerous flavors and descriptions. Organizers say 500 to 1,000 dozen cookies are locally made and donated to the project before they are purchased and go back into the community.

“We ask and they provide and we see what we’ve got,” said Hamilton. “It’s also an outreach to the public.”

The women said that the cookies, available in three quantities and priced at $4, $6 and $8 per box, make enjoyable gifts to provide to neighbors, shut-ins and others on a person’s gift list as well as for a shopper’s own holiday table. Gift cards are also available to give as gifts to others so they can come that morning and make selections themselves. To purchase a gift card, call the church at 765-529-0108.

Also, there will be a small bazaar and gift baskets available to purchase. Gayle Anderson is in charge of the bazaar. Specialty-baked goods and candies will be sold separately from the cookie walk.

“I like the fun the ladies have together,” Canner said of the event, adding that it’s for a good cause. “We have a lot of fun doing it.”