Virginia Pullen wondered how everything would turn out.

As she looked out a window at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Pullen saw the effects of blowing snow during a blizzard.

“You could hardly see the intersection,” she said.

It was the day of the Catholic Daughters Cookie Walk and Pullen wondered if many people would come to buy sweet treats at the annual fundraiser.

She need not have been concerned.

“People kept coming,” she said.

Members of the local organization need not worry about attendance this year either — if Saturday’s weather predictions, which call for partly cloudy skies and no precipitation, are correct.

So the public is invited to the annual cookie walk from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in Delaney Hall of the Catholic Church, 3400 E. 16th St., in Fremont. Admission is free.

Attendees can sip a complimentary cup of coffee or hot apple cider and sample some cookies.

Even after they’ve bought some cookies, people often go back and buy more after sampling some of the sweet treats, said Catholic Daughters member Maxine Turner.

As in the past, cookies and candy are sold by the pound. Cookies cost $6 a pound and candy is $8 a pound. Customers can mix and match the choices of treats to suit their own tastes.

Smaller packages of goodies also will be available for sale.

The cookie-purchasing process works this way: Treat buyers come in and get a decorated box and browse tables laden with treats.

When they get the goodies they want to buy, shoppers then take their boxes to a table where their boxes are weighed and they pay the cashier.

Treat selections include cookies such as: snickerdoodles, peanut blossoms, Russian tea cakes, sugar cookies and date pinwheels. Candy includes: fudge, peanut butter fudge, cherry mash and peanut brittle.

Event proceeds benefit a plethora of local and area organizations. The group donates to: Fremont Area Habitat for Humanity; The Bridge, which helps victims of domestic abuse; Jefferson House, a local emergency placement shelter for children; Life Choices, pregnancy resource center; Masonic-Eastern Star Home for Children; Care Corps Family Services, Inc.; and Camp Quality for children with cancer and their siblings. The group also donates to Archbishop Bergan Catholic Schools.

“We bought toys for the Salvation Army Joy Shoppe,” Turner said.

The group also bought and donated a gift for an elderly person through the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging.

There are more than 80 Catholic Daughters members, who either donate funds or bake goodies and volunteer for the event.

Catholic Daughters member Cathy Chapman enjoys the camaraderie found among volunteers.

“It’s fun,” she said.

Pullen agreed.

“We just have a good time. We get it (the cookie walk) all put together and then sit down and relax and eat some cookies and have coffee,” Pullen said.

Customers seem to enjoy socializing as they drink their coffee and have a cookie.

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“It brightens their day,” Turner said.

Members also enjoy the centerpieces that Catholic Daughters member Kathy Baker has made in the last few years.

This year, she cut the tops off wine bottles, glued Epsom salt on the outside of the containers to make them sparkly, then sprayed them with a sealant.

She filled the containers with artificial poinsettias and sprigs.

Baker made 20 centerpieces, which will adorn tables during the cookie walk. The Knights of Columbus organization then buys the centerpieces, which they give away as door prizes during their annual Christmas gathering.

Call it recycling in a creative way.

On Monday afternoon, some of the Catholic Daughters gathered to frost cookies and wrap decorative plates of fudge for the Saturday fundraiser.

They shared some good-natured banter and a couple of memories — including that blizzard.

Icy conditions even slowed sales last year until about 10:30 a.m.

But the call of the cookie was strong.

And although they arrived a little later, the customers still came to buy their sweet treats for the season.


News Editor

Tammy Real-McKeighan is news editor of the Fremont Tribune. She covers news, features, religion stories and writes the weekly faith-based, Spiritual Spinach column.

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