GI Area Habitat for Humanity hosts annual cookie walk fundraiser

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The snow didn't stop hundreds of people from coming to Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity's annual cookie walk Sunday.

About 400 people lined the walls of St. Paul's Lutheran Church to eat cookies as a way of fundraising for Habitat.

Everyone walked down the long tables that had over 10,000 assorted cookies sprawled out on them, picked their favorites, and put them into a carry out container. The container was then weighed at the end to calculate the cost.

All the money is going toward Habitat's 2019 Faith Build, and the necessary materials they will need to complete the housing project.

"This is one of our most popular events," said Dana Jelinek, executive director for Grand Island's Habitat for Humanity. "We have hundreds of people that want to bake for us every year, and then of course hundreds of people that want to buy those baked goods. It's really getting people in the Christmas spirit, and it's a tradition for a lot of folks.

And it's just that for one family who went to the event.

The Mader's have been going to the walk since it's inception 15 years ago. They even added more family members to their crew this year.

"Normally I come with my daughter and her three kids, so we actually had five grand kids this year that got to run up and down the aisles and have fun," Libby Mader said. "But it's just fun. It's a good way to start the season, and I love supporting Habitat for Humanity."

It was her grandson's first time attending the cookie walk. He said his favorite part was picking out the cookies, to no surprise of course.

"I went for frosted cookies or sugar. I grabbed a couple of the peanut butter balls. It's fun. You just get to walk around and grab cookies," Ethan Mader said.

Jelinek said last year they raised over $7,000, and are hoping to reach about that this year.

She added the application for Habitat home loans begins on December 3. For more information, you can call GI Habitat at 308-385-5510.