Community Church of Barrington gives back with cookies, gifts
Leslie Eiring plates cookies Saturday during the Community Church of Barrington annual Cookie Walk. | Joe Cyganowski~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 12, 2012 7:48AM
BARRINGTON — The warm smells of Christmas cookies filled the air on Saturday at the Community Church of Barrington.
Although the annual Cookie Walk started at 10:30 a.m., community members got there as early as 9 a.m. to secure a ticket and wait. To assure everyone got their hands on cookies, those with tickets were able to cash in when their number was called. Each customer was allowed to purchase up to five cookie boxes, which cost $10 a piece.
Jayne Majzan, who has been in charge of the cookie walk for five years, said there were about 100 varieties made this year totaling 10,000 cookies for sale.
Each cookie was a different shape, size, color or taste.
Majzan said several of the cookies were made from recipes that been past down by church members over the years. Almost all of the women in the church’s fellowship group got involved in the effort.
The Cookile Walk has been held for 30 years, organizers said, and each year has gained in popularity.
“It’s the experience of coming and doing,” said Majzan.
Visitors circled the room searching for their favorites, but for some, the options made it hard to decide.
The Cookie Walk serves as group’s big fund-raiser for the year. All of the proceeds benefit various foundations that assist women and children.
“All the money that is generated goes right back into the community, that’s what Christmas is,” said Cindy Alton.
For a small donation, attendees also could get a recipe book that contained several of the popular recipes.
The Rev. Zina Jacque, the church’s pastor, reported that community members offered to help out in any way they could. A few donated pies that were raffled off throughout the day.
In addition to the Cookie Walk, the Barrington Community Church also played host Saturday to a gift basket effort.
Twenty Christmas Baskets were assembled for residents who are struggling this year,
The Barrington Presbyterian Church helped, too, packing an additional 15 Christmas baskets. Kids from the youth group also contributed.
“When you give, you get back,” said Dr. Samira El-Yasir, who is in charge of the youth group at the Community Church.
She explained that the boxes are packed with three nutritional meals for Christmas and an additional gift.
Between the Christmas Baskets and the Cookie Walk, members of the Barrington Community Church proved the holiday season’s a time for giving.
“It’s the gift of the generous spirit,” said Jacque.