Cookies for a Cause raises funds for Warm the Children

BENNINGTON — Two thousand cookies might not be good for anyone's diet, but they've made a healthy contribution to efforts to provide warm winter clothing for local children.

Monument Elementary School's Cookies for a Cause fundraiser on Saturday generated $965 for Warm the Children, an area program that helps families in need get winter clothing for children between the ages of 4 and 14. The bake sale has been held by the elementary school for the past 26 years, and is organized by the parent-teacher group, Adults Interested in Monument (AIM). Students also help the adults put on the event.

About 200 dozen colorful, festive cookies were baked for the cause, and priced at $8 per pound. For the first time this year, the event had vendors stationed throughout the school's multipurpose room, each offering one-of-a-kind items for sale. All money generated from purchases at each vendor went directly to Warm The Children as well.

A gift-wrapping station was available for those who wanted to wrap up any of the presents they had purchased; vendors included LulaRoe clothing, Dot Dot Smile clothing, local bakers and more.

"It's been good and steady," said Melissa Frechette, one of the event's organizers. "Families have been coming in and out. There's also a lot of great stocking stuffers for sale, and the vendors have given us positive feedback."

Eight-year-old Falyn Post sold her own handmade ornaments, jewelry, and other crafts alongside her mother, Kim, throughout the bake sale at "Falyn's Creations." Some of her items were made out of recycled materials.

This has been the fifth craft show that Falyn has participated in this year, according to Kim. Falyn has put proceeds she has made at other craft shows into the bank. She prepared all summer to get her handmade crafts ready for the holiday season.

"[Crafting] is fun, but sometimes it can be difficult," Falyn said. "Mom helps."

Nancy Rouse and Angela Beadle sold tasty sweet treats at the table "Suzy Creamcheese." Each treat was made with materials from Pampered Chef. They both traveled from Cambridge, N.Y. to attend the event.

Rouse spent Friday preparing for the event, spending a total of eight hours baking each of the treats she had for sale. Her offerings included such treats as cupcakes and wedding cake cookies.

Aside from the treats, the duo also sold decorative glass bottles with lights. Rouse reported that peanut butter dog biscuits were their best-seller.

"It's been nice meeting other people," Rouse said. "You never know who you're going to meet."


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