NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Dozens of folks lined up early in the misty rain this morning to participate in American Legion Post 433’s 12th annual Cookie Walk Fundraiser.  Each year, area bakers are encouraged to mix up some of their finest homemade holiday creations and donate them to the post.

Cookie Walk participants are given a single recyclable, holiday box for $5 a piece and invited to select cookies and other sweet treats from tables full of the donated delectables.  Some of the more seasoned attendees arrived well-prepared with empty trays so they could fill multiple boxes all at once. 

Debbi Picorale, President of A.L.V.I.S. expressed her gratitude, “We cannot thank the community enough for coming out for us and baking and buying all of these cookies.” All proceeds benefit post home improvements, Picorale explained that the goal this year is to raise enough money to replace the ceiling and the roof.  Last year, the event raised enough money that the post was able to install a handicap ramp and make the restroom handicap accessible.

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Holiday clad volunteers helped hand out trays of some traditional favorites like shortbread, sugar, chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, gingerbread, toffee, and peppermint cookies.  Bakers also whipped up some nut-free and gluten-free options for the cookie collectors. Trays of “unicorn shortbread’’ cookies were also on hand for those looking to add some pastel to their box of treats as well as crafty creations like Oreo fudge cookies and candy bar cookies.  

“Don’t worry there is plenty left,” a person said while leaving the post with their arms full, reassuring those still patiently standing in line outside.  One gentleman even smiled as he exited, “good luck!”