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Sweet faith: Faith in Action will bake, sell 16,800 cookies

The Faith in Action cookie sale celebrates a dozen years of success this month.

Organizers expect to complete orders for 16,800 cookies this weekend, generating at least $3,000 for the ecumenical ministry's various programs.

Executive Director Lee Neste said volunteers will take orders Sunday at churches throughout Red Wing. Churches that have Saturday and Wednesday services may have sales those days, too.

More volunteers will then gather on April 24 to help bake and box the orders.

"We call it a friend-raiser as well as a fundraiser because we involve so many people who become aware of the program," Neste said.

Bill Hanisch again will coordinate the big bake. He first did so last year, Neste said, and that was much easier than baking thousands of cookies in three church kitchens.

"Bill mans the ovens -- does the actual baking," Neste said. "Volunteers put the cookie dough on trays."

Hanisch Bakery's cooling room is a little snug for all the helping hands, Neste said with a laugh, but sugar cookies, snickerdoodles, chocolate chip and double-chocolate white chip varieties eventually wind up in boxes.

The cost is $8 for a two-dozen assortment. People will pick up their cookies April 25 at the church where they ordered them.

Marcia Hislop, volunteer coordinator, is quick to point out there are options for people who would prefer not taking two dozen cookies home.

"Some people buy the cookies and give them to the Red Wing Food Shelf or the House of Hope -- that's the women's shelter," Hislop said.

Another option is to purchase the cookies for a congregation's vacation Bible school. She said the churches will freeze the cookies and distribute them to the children this summer.

"And people who aren't interested in the cookies can make a donation to Faith in Action," Hislop said.

The cookie sale is Faith in Action's major fundraiser. Thrivent for Lutheran will provide a 50-percent match.

If you want to participate in the program's sweet success, call (651) 385-3290 or volunteer through one of the churches.

Anne Jacobson

Anne Jacobson is news director with RiverTown Multimedia. 

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