Cookie Express brings tasty treats and more for Christmas season

Published 7:46 pm Thursday, December 13, 2018

The name of the event — Cookie Express — doesn’t come close to fully describing First Christian Church of Washington’s annual fundraiser that benefits local nonprofits and enrichment camps for area children.

There will be cookies — cookies galore — along with the usual breads, pies, candy and other homemade treats such as cheese straws and cheese pennies — to choose from Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church.

As they enter the sales area, customers are given a box or boxes and plastic, food-service gloves with which to grab cookies and other goodies. The boxes are weighed as customers leave, with the price for items at $8 a pound.

As they were last year, Miriam Roberson — the “gingerbread lady” — and Brenda Mitchell are the chief organizers of one of the church’s major fundraisers, but they are quick to point out that many church members help organize and serve as volunteer workers the event. Mitchell said the church hopes to net $6,000 after expenses.

“We’ve got peanut brittle made with First Christian Church (parched) peanuts this year. That’s new,” Mitchell said. A case of the parched peanuts may be purchased for $40 a case, she said. Individual jars of peanuts will be sold, too.

“We’ll have a store. I wouldn’t call it a country store but a little gift-shop area,” Mitchell said. “Things are already wrapped, ready to give. You can buy that. They’re priced individually.”

Roberson said the Cookie Express Café, featuring Clyde Roberson’s World Famous Clam Chowder, will be open to provide lunch for customers and others. The café will offer chicken-salad sandwiches and pimento-cheese sandwiches, taco soup and vegetable soup at $3 a sandwich or $3 a bowl. For $6, a customer can get a sandwich, bowl of soup or clam chowder, potato chips and a beverage.

First Christian Church’s Cookie Express will run Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Customers are encouraged to come as early as possible. First Christian Church is located at 307 E. Third St., Washington.









About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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