Director of Faith Formation & Youth Ministry
First Presbyterian Church of Grand Island, Nebraska
The Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity holds an annual fundraiser, the Christmas Cookie Walk, the first week of December. Donated cookies are sold by the pound to raise funds for the organization, which has built 96 homes in our community. This year they had more than 14,000 cookies and sold out in less than two hours!
On the Wednesday before the Cookie Walk, church members and LOGOS families are asked to bring homemade sugar cookies ready for decorating. Our LOGOS Recreation and Worship Arts times are dedicated to decorating and packaging the treats. Our table parents and other adult volunteers work side by side with the LOGOS students. Younger students are assigned to the specialty cookie stations, where they make s’mores and candy cane cookies. The older kids and youth use multiple colors of frosting and a wide variety of sprinkles, glitter, and candies to create their masterpieces.
After finishing at least five cookies, each person can decorate and enjoy a cookie for themselves – no dessert required on Cookie Night! The result is a great mission project, students tapping into their creativity, and about 20 dozen cookies donated to a great cause!
S’mores cookies: Using square sugar cookies, spread marshmallow cake frosting to cover cookie. Sprinkle with marshmallow bits, crushed graham cracker, and chocolate sprinkles or mini chocolate chips.
Candy cane cookies: Using candy cane shaped sugar cookies, spread vanilla cake frosting to cover the cookie. Sprinkle with crushed peppermint candy canes and red sprinkles.
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