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Cookie Walk brings out sweet treat lovers

THE TRIBUNE/JESSICA ST JAMES Nine-year-old Camille Turner, of Huntington, W.Va., makes her way down table after table of cookies selecting her favorites at the annual Cookie Walk at the Tri-State Worship Center in South Point Saturday.

THE TRIBUNE/JESSICA ST JAMES
Nine-year-old Camille Turner, of Huntington, W.Va., makes her way down table after table of cookies selecting her favorites at the annual Cookie Walk at the Tri-State Worship Center in South Point Saturday.

SOUTH POINT — The tables lining the sanctuary at Tri-State Worship Center on Solida Road were stacked with hundreds and hundreds of homemade cookies.

“I have no idea how many cookies,” Cookie Walk organizer Billie Evanich said.

This was the third year for the fundraiser that has two purposes.

“People love cookies and can visit here and don’t have to do holiday baking,” Evanich said.

Those doing that baking are 30 women from the church who start baking weeks in advance of the event that is always held the Saturday before Christmas.

One of the most dedicated this year was Margaret Curry, who baked up 12 dozen of the treats.

Visitors to the walk were first greeted by Ginger the Gingerbread Lady, then women from the church handed out cookie boxes. Then everyone went into the sanctuary to pick out what they wanted to give away or have for themselves before the boxes were weighed and participants were charged $7 a pound.

All proceeds from the Cookie Walk go toward the church’s building fund to help pay for the construction of a new enlarged sanctuary on the church property.

Last year the event brought in between $800 and $1,000. Pastor of the church is Terry Wagnor.