Cookies and fruit mark the Logan County Christmas Season

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[December 16, 2015]   LINCOLN - On Saturday Logan County shoppers had some great opportunities to stock up on Christmas cookies for the holiday season, as well as to purchase those wonderful oranges and grapefruit made available by the Lincoln Rotary Club.

At the Lincoln Christian Church volunteers were happy to say that within the first hour or so of their annual Cookie Walk event their tables were sparse.

According to Georgia Vinson, Vera Thomas and Mary George; cookie shoppers flocked to the church at the beginning of the day, and six tables jam-packed with homemade cookies flew out the door in a buyer’s frenzy.

The ladies say they really don't know how many cookies were donated to the drive this year, but it was a lot. They also don't know for sure everyone who donated the sweet goodies. They commented that when the volunteers had arrived on Friday afternoon to get tables organized for the Saturday event the cookies were all there, waiting to be organized and sold.

Cookies were sold by the pound. Shoppers were given a container and a glove to wear, then allowed to pick and choose amongst the many varieties on hand.

In addition to edible treats, the event also offered an array of handmade Christmas items such as beaded and folded paper ornaments, wreaths, and much more.

The trio also made mention of all the volunteers who help out each year and expressed strong appreciation for Wayne and Barb Lolling, who are what they consider to be the backbone of the Cookie Walk. They also said they wanted to say “Thank you” to everyone who donated items, and to everyone who purchased them.

In another part of the church, the take and bake Cinnamon and Caramel Pecan Rolls were being distributed.

The Cookie Walk and Roll sale is another great fundraiser held for the Church's Harvest of Talents for World Hunger.

On the north end of town it was Rotary Citrus Day at Graue Chevrolet. This year the Rotary Club took orders for a total of 630 boxes of oranges and grapefruit. On Saturday those boxes were neatly stacked in the service department of the dealership. Those who had placed their orders were constantly arriving to pick up the great fruit.

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The Rotary takes order for the fruit, so all the boxes are sold when it arrives at Graue's. The big chore then is to get it all loaded out in the vehicles of the various buyers. The Rotary Club members gather and as the day progresses, they pack out dozens of boxes to waiting vehicles.

On the other side of the building at Graue's, the Humane Society of Logan County was holding their annual Cookie Day and Bake sale. The HSLC also takes orders for their hand made cookies, and tables are set aside with large boxes of cookies that are already sold.

At the same time, they hold a bake sale that includes more of the great cookies plus pies, cakes, cupcakes, and candy. The sale also offers some pet themed products such as doggie mats, stockings, afghans, and more; all reasonably priced and flying out the door just as quickly as the cookies.

Volunteers there said that again, the tables were crowded with goodies and gift items at the opening of the day, but in just a short while, shoppers poured in and snatched up the great deals, leaving the tables somewhat bare for the latecomers.

Dollars earned and donated to the HSLC will go to the daily running of the local shelter. The shelter houses orphaned dogs and cats, and works hard to find each animal a forever home with a loving family. As a reminder of the purpose of the organization, on the cashier's table was a storyboard showing some of the wonderful little pets that would love to have a new home for Christmas.

[Nila Smith]

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