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Cookie Walk event will support military families

What do making Christmas cookies and helping military families have in common? Giving that warm, fuzzy feeling, of course.

Fortunately for warm-fuzzy seekers, there's a way to tie those two feel-good activities together, and it's just a little over a week away.

Farmington's second annual Warrior to Citizen Cookie Walk will take place Dec. 5, at Trinity Terrace. It's an opportunity to munch on some really great cookies, and to help military families in the community.

Event coordinator Kara Hildreth came up with the idea a couple of years ago. She'd seen it done when she worked in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

"They had a huge cookie walk that benefited different organizations every year," Hildreth said. "I thought it would be really cool, something that we could do here for Warrior to Citizen."

And so she brought the idea to the local military-support network. The Warrior to Citizen folks thought it was a great idea. By the time it was all said and done last year, about 30 families of deployed military men and women received plates of holiday cookies.

Here's how it works: everyone who participates in the cookie walk is asked to bring along two non-returnable plates with one dozen holiday cookies on each plate. The cookies can be homemade or packaged. One plate is put out for cookie walk participants, the other is set aside.

Participants get a larger, oval plate. They can go around and collect from the cookies put out to share.

The other set of cookies goes into a collection for military families. The cookies are combined into baskets that are delivered to the homes of men and women who are deployed. Last year, Hildreth said, about 30 area families received baskets. She hopes to reach as many as 50 families this year.

Additionally, the event is a fund-raiser for Warrior to Citizen. Each participant is asked to donate $10 for future Warrior to Citizen events.

"So far, we're getting pretty good feedback," Hildreth said. "We're just trying to get family names. If people know of a military family, let Warrior to Citizen know."

Most of the cookies will be delivered to the families during the event. The cookie walk will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at Trinity Terrace, which is a change from last year's location. Dunn Bros. has donated coffee for the event.

For more information on the cookie walk or to donate cookies before the event, contact Kara Hildreth at 651-463-2148. To place a family on the recipient list, call Annette Kuyper at 651-829-1856 or e-mail her at

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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