The Memorial United Methodist Women were busy Saturday morning baking cinnamon rolls and placing cookies on trays that were for sale.

They hosted an event to help with holiday goodies, while lending a helping hand in the community at the same time. The “Cookie Candy Walk” took place at the church’s fellowship hall and they had tables lined with various fresh baked cookies and candy.

Church member Pam Brooks said they have been holding this event for 10 years now and they sell the candies and the cookies by the pound.

“It’s $6 a pound and that is good bargain,” said Brooks. “We have been serving cinnamon rolls and drinks and it has been going so well that we can hardly keep up with baking more cinnamon rolls. They are such a hit this year and last year was the first year we served the cinnamon rolls. It’s so exciting.”

Brooks said the church members make the cookies and the candy. On Friday the goodies started coming in about 2 p.m. and they were still coming in Saturday morning.

“First thing in the morning when the doors opened they were packed,” said Brooks. “By 9:30 a.m. everything on the table was what was left.”

Brooks said they also have a nativity display set up this year, which is something they haven’t done before.

“Different members of the church have loaned us their displays for the day and it’s working out really well,” said Brooks. “It really makes it more festive and I think people are really enjoying that.”

Brooks said all the money raised will go to various organizations in Farmington and a lot of it will go to local missions.

“We help Youth Faith in Christ, Shared Blessings and the restorative justice program at the prison,” said Brooks. “We have raised other monies within our church with our rummage sales, Harvest dinner and this Cookie Candy Walk. There are other monies we sent to organization prior to this event.”

Other agencies they have assisted include UMCOR (Worldwide charity), Growing Room Preschool, Susanna Wesley Family Learning Center, Lydia Patterson Institute, Camp Hope, Heifer Project, SEMO Family Violence Council, and Habitat For Humanity, Mobil Camp Program and Operation Hand-in-Hand.

Brooks said every year it varies, but this is a really good fundraiser for them. She wanted to thank everyone who came out to support their efforts.

“This is an easier event to host since everyone helps out with bringing in the cookies and candies,” said Brooks. “This wouldn’t be possible without the church members and the community.”

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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