BY SHERI TRUSTY
Local residents found a sweet way to support the Humane Society of Ottawa County, one delicious cookie at a time. The Humane Society’s Annual Cookie Walk was held at Peace Lutheran Church on Saturday, Dec. 16. Tables were loaded with dozens of homemade cookies which were sold for $6 a pound.
“We have volunteer bakers who bake their hearts out and bring the cookies to us,” said Humane Society Director Lesa Heredia.
The event was expected to raise between $3,000 and $5,000 for the organization. Those proceeds represent hundreds of pounds of cookie sales but are just a small portion of the $140,000 annual cost to operate the Humane Society.
“We are funded 100% by donations. We get no government funds, so every little bit helps,” Heredia said.
The event, which is in its 15th year, raised about $1,000 annually in the early years. Adding raffle baskets and a 50/50 drawing helped bump up the proceeds.
“A lot of local people and businesses donate stuff for the raffle, like Coffee Express and Wild Wings,” Heredia said. “Ken Kostal of Big Bopper donated 30 dozen cookies and a $100 gift card for the raffle.”
After 15 years, the Humane Society’s Annual Cookie Walk has become a tradition for many local families.
“A lot of people say they pick up cookies they don’t make themselves, or they buy them for Christmas parties. Some give them as gifts,” Heredia said. “We’ll bring the leftovers to the police station or fire station or the Sober Living House.”
For more information on the Humane Society of Ottawa County, call 419- 734-5191 or visit https://humanesocietyofottawacounty.org.