The cookies were flying off the tables Saturday during the ninth annual Melita Day Cookie Walk.
Organizers were hoping to sell about $4,000 worth of cookies and other holiday treats during the fundraiser, which raises money for Melita Day Child Development Center, formerly Melita Day Nursery.
“We’ve had a pretty steady crowd today. I think it’s helped that they postponed the Christmas parade (due to weather), we’ve been able to get more people to come out,” said Melita Day Board Treasurer Anne Gardner.
Around 80 bakers, including State Fair Community College nursing students, donated cookies to the walk and several area businesses also got in on the giving spirit this year, said Cookie Walk Chair Alecia Farkus.
“Bings is always great, they donate the packaging and boxes that people fill with their choices,” Farkus said. “The Cookie Walk is a wonderful fundraiser for us because it only requires time, not money, on our end to put it together. Everything is donated to us so all the profits can go right back to the nursery.”
Started in 1910, Melita Day is a not-for-profit that provides child care to area residents in need. Farkus said Melita’s historical artifacts show it was originally founded for “mothers who had to work” and was completed funded by donations.
“There are old thank you notes that say so and so donated 10-cents or a bag of potatoes,” Farkus. “So it’s really nice, something like the Cookie Walk, we’re continuing that tradition of being support by our community.”
Warsaw residents Carol and Jack Stull have been attending the Cookie Walk for the past few years and on Saturday were scouring the options to fill their boxes.
“He likes the oatmeal, I tend to go for the chocolate or brownies,” Carol Stull said with a laugh. “We love coming to get an assortment of cookies, because they’re always delicious, but also so we don’t have to bake, we have everything done for us. Plus, the fact that all the proceeds go to Melita, that makes it even better. It’s nice to help out a great organization around the holidays.”
Gardner didn’t have an estimate on how many pounds of baked treats were donated this year, but did say several board members and volunteers got together on Thursday for their annual icing party.
“I made 30 pounds of icing and we all sit down and decorate sugar cookies,” she said. “It seems like the pre-orders, which are from people who aren’t able to make it to the Cookie Walk early in the morning, they always want sugar cookies, I think because of the time we put into decorating them.”
Farkus said she was happy with Saturday’s turnout and hoped to meet the fundraising goal.
“The Cookie Walk is something I think a lot of people look forward to,” she said. “And of course we look forward to it too, it can seem like a lot of work sometimes, when you’re icing your 30th cookie and have dozens more to do, but it’s worth it.”