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A Basking Ridge Area Tradition: 27th Annual Cookie Walk This Saturday to Benefit VNA Adult Day Center

Thousands of home baked cookies attract lines of fans for each holiday season's annual Cookie Walk at the Visiting Nurse Assn. of Somerset Hills in Basking Ridge. Credits: Courtesy of the VNA of Somerset Hills

BERNARDS TWP., NJ – A holiday tradition for more than a generation, the 27th annual Cookie Walk at the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills will once again open its doors to a waiting crowd this Saturday morning, Dec. 9 in Basking Ridge.

Each years, thousands of cookies baked by dedicated volunteers are laid out on tables and purchased by the pound by cookie lovers, many of whom have long been happy to let the VNA cookie bakers provide their holiday treats.

Doors are scheduled to open at 10 a.m. and continue until noon at the VNA of Somerset Hills facility at 200 Mt. Airy Road in Basking Ridge.

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Holiday tradition that is a major fundraiser

The holiday tradition that is also a festive event for community members of all ages is a major fundraiser that benefits the VNA's Adult Day Center at Somerset Hills, which gives a break for caregivers of elderly residents who require companionship and supervision to remain safe during daytime hours.

The Cookie Walk is hosted by volunteers from the Friends of the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Somerset Hills, a philanthropic group dedicated to supporting the mission of the VNA through fundraising and increasing awareness of its programs and services.

Both first-time and veteran Cookie Walk shoppers will again be presented with a vast, tasty and unique selection of homemade cookies and baked goods, including decorated varieties, traditional favorites and international recipes available for sale.

White Reindeer Shop boutique sells Christmas decorations from Basking Ridge Garden Club

In addition to stocking up on treats, shoppers can enjoy the “White Reindeer Shop” holiday boutique. The boutique will feature lovely boxwood Christmas tree centerpieces sold by members of the Basking Ridge Garden Club.

The sale takes place at the Adult Day Center, providing an opportunity to see the excellent facility and gain a better understanding of how the funds raised are used to help local residents and families.

Serving more than 1,000 community members since its founding in 1988, the Adult Day Center provides a warm and welcoming setting that enhances the quality of life for people who will benefit from companionship during the day, including those with Alzheimer’s, moderate dementia, or functional impairments due to stroke or chronic illnesses, according to the VNA.

Caregivers also receive a much-needed break from their stressful daily routine, allowing time for work and other non-caregiving responsibilities while feeling confident their loved one is safe and not lonely. The care provided at the Center may help delay need for placing a loved one in an assisted living or nursing facility.

A wonderful variety of handmade cookies and baked goods await shoppers at the 27th Annual VNA 

The Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills and its subsidiaries provide individuals and families with comprehensive, quality-focused, cost-effective home and community healthcare services, regardless of ability to pay, using partnerships where appropriate. The VNA is a charitable, tax-exempt home health agency and hospice certified by Medicare, accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Program and licensed by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. Credentials include recognition as a 2017 HomeCare Elite® Top Agency

For more information about the organization, visit www.visitingnurse.org.

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