Cookies, cakes and more at benefit

Published 6:06 am Friday, December 9, 2011

About 99 percent of the people in Pike County have at least one sweet tooth.

So, an equal percentage of the offerings at the Pike County Habitat for Humanity Giant Cookie Sale on Saturday will be devoted to cookies, candy and cakes. But so as not to leave out the other 1 percent of Pike Countians, Fred Johnson, Habitat director, said the cookie sale will also feature bluebird houses.

“We wanted to have something for everybody and bluebird houses are real popular,” Johnson said. “These houses were built by our Habitat folks and are functional houses. The bluebirds can live in them. This is just a little something extra to offer at the cookie on Saturday. But we really don’t need anything extra because we’ve got the best homemade cookies you can get and at a great price.”

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The Giant Cookie Sale will be from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday at St. Martin Catholic Church on the Elba Highway.

“We’ll have every kind of cookie that you can imagine,” Johnson said. “But those that want some of Barbara Patterson’s bourbon balls had better come early. She makes a lot of them but they go fast.”

Johnson said those who have been attending the Giant Cookie Sale for several years have their favorite cookies and make a beeline for them.

“Some people buy all of one kind of cookie and others buy a few of a lot of different kinds,” he said. “But that’s the fun of the cookie sale. You get a bag and pick out what you want. You can mix or match. It doesn’t matter. And, we have candies, too. We have a big variety of cookies and candies.”

The cookies and candies are sold by the pound and, Johnson said, at $5 a pound, the Habitat treats are a bargain.

The sale will also include cakes that will be priced to sell.

Gene Omasta and Jim Wadowick will entertain shoppers on the accordions and the music adds extra Christmas flavor to the cookie shopping experience, Johnson said.

“The Giant Cookie Sale benefits Pike County Habitat for Humanity and this sale will help us build our 13th Habitat House in Pike County,” Johnson said. “So we can never have enough cookies for the Giant Cookie Sale. Cookies, candy and cakes may be dropped off at St. Martin until 5 p.m. today and anytime Saturday morning. Those who would like to make cookies for the sale, still have time and we really appreciate their support.”