New Bern Church Hosts Cookie March for Charity
NEW BERN, NC (WITN) – Helping the community one cookie at a time is the motto of Christ Episcopal Church’s annual Cookie Walk.
After being canceled last year due to the pandemic, cookie lovers lined up early Saturday to get their favorite homemade treats and all they needed was a glass of milk.
âI bake a lot,â Ward baker Tony Embrey said. âIt’s an anti-stress! “
Along with Embry, members of the congregation secured their aprons and got to work making treats for the bake sale.
The money earned for their efforts goes back to the community through a local nonprofit grant program.
âIt’s not just an effort for us to keep the lights on in the ward,â said Pam Miller, event organizer. âEvery penny that goes in here goes into these community grants. “
Word spread about cookies and business was booming even before the doors opened.
âBefore 10 am we had people lining up,â Miller said. âWe had volunteers who were there with a tray of samples to show people some of the things we had to sell. “
The 22nd annual event needed more space to fill.
âIt kind of started out as a cottage industry in the church hall and has moved to our larger space here at Harrison Center,â Miller said. “We hope this year has been a good winner for us due to COVID which we were unable to accommodate last fall.”
Organizers have made changes to the protocol for this year’s sale, including requiring masks and individually wrapping each treat, but the traditions still live on.
âI’m known for the rum cakes every year in the parish,â Embrey said. âLast year, because of COVID, I made 20 rum cakes and took prepaid orders for the church. This year, I said I would do 30.
Rum cakes were selling like hot cakes, as were cookie trays.
“What’s not to like about a cookie?” Miller exclaimed. âHelping the community one cookie at a time, we say, is our motto. It really comes to life when we open the doors.
Submissions to be considered a recipient for church grant money will open next year.
Any local charity in need of funds is encouraged to apply to the Episcopal Church of Christ.
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