By Morgan Bryce
More than 30,000 cookies will be available for purchase during the 24th annual “Cookie Walk” to benefit the Auburn-Opelika Habitat for Humanity on Dec. 7 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church.
The event is hosted and sponsored by the WeHelp Coalition of Churches, an Auburn-Opelika area nonprofit consisting of 12 churches that help constructs affordable housing for those in need and is a primary sponsor of the local habitat.
According to Executive Director Mark Grantham, the event helps generate enough funding each year to help construct one new home, with proceeds from this year’s Cookie Walk going to cover the cost of Home #69 which is projected to be built early next year.
“Each year, this group helps us raise tens of thousands of dollars through cookie sales, then they’ll turn around and be the builder on one of these houses. These cookies build homes,” Grantham said. “We’re thankful for the partnership with them and it’s a nice way to enjoy an early kickoff the holiday season.”
Grantham estimated that each year’s Cookie Walk attendance can range from hundreds to more than 1,000 visitors, who often purchase an amount of cookies equivalent to an entire ton.
In addition to cookies, there will be free coffee and cookies available for visitors, live entertainment, photo opportunities with Santa and raffle drawing to win a handmade quilt by members of the Cotton Boll Quilt Guild, with tickets costing $2 for one or $5 for three.
For more information, call 334-745-2123, like and follow their Facebook page or visit www.auburnopelikahabitat.org. The event venue is located at 915 E. Glenn Ave. in Auburn.