Who doesn't love a Christmas cookie?
Thanks to donations of hundreds of homemade cookies, Christmas-decorated and otherwise, St.Paul Lutheran Church German Christmas Market made $1,500 to benefit the Leavenworth Backpack Buddies program.
The program, which provides weekend food for Leavenworth children in Head Start, pre-K, kindergarten and first and second grades, costs $150 per child for one school year, September through May.
Volunteers from about 20 churches in Leavenworth baked the cookies which were sold at the market. Selling for $6 per pound, that's a lot of sugar, flour and nutmeg. Kathy Johnson, St. Paul Lutheran church coordinator of the cookie sale now in its fourth year of contributing to BackPack Buddies, said she had volunteers from St. Mary University as well as many churches.
The Christmas market was held Dec. 1 at the Riverfront Community Center.
Church volunteers pack the food in bags donated by Wal-Mart. Service clubs and Hallmark also pack.
A typical bag recently included two boxes of milk, two fruit juices, a can of peaches, a can of beef and macaroni, peas, pretzel mix, wheat crackers and cereal. The food is easily opened and does not require refrigeration or cooking or heating.
For more information on how to help, how to volunteer or where to contribute, those interested may contact Sandy Simmons, volunteer coordinator,682-6064 or Cindy Geiger, 651-2949, fundraising coordinator.