First United Methodist Church’s 27th annual Cookie Walk will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church, 618 Eighth St. in downtown Columbus.

The fundraiser that the late Sarah Hancock launched as a fun way to support the church’s missions and other outreaches normally features more than 8,000 cookies, from pumpkin to snicker-doodles to peanut brittle to nearly every other kind of treat imaginable. In the past, it has raised about $3,000 to support such causes ranging from the local Love Chapel food pantry to the Red Bird Mission for the poor in the Kentucky mountains.

The walk frequently has sold out — if not by Saturday afternoon, at least by fellowship time Sunday morning as unsold items are laid out again. Unsold treats also have been donated to local nonprofit agencies as a goodwill gesture.

If you cannot attend the event, organizers have encouraged people to designate a personal shopper to pick up their cookie order.

Information: 812-372-2851;

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.