DRACUT — During the 1990s, funds for the building of the new St. Francis Church, rectory and parish hall were raised in part through a popular annual event called the Cookie Walk. Parishioners baked 900 dozen cookies that typically ran out before the last Mass of the day.

As the parish celebrates its 20th year in the church, it is bringing back the “sweet” tradition. This time, organizers are extending the invitation to the public to enjoy the event that many from St. Francis consider one of their favorite fundraisers.

All are invited to the church on 115 Wheeler Road from noon to 4 p.m., or until cookies last, Saturday, Nov. 19, for the Giving Thanks Cookie Walk.

“The theme of this year’s Cookie Walk is ‘giving thanks’ because Thanksgiving gets lost in the rush for Christmas,” said Judy Riopelle, co-chairperson.

For a donation of $10, cookie walkers receive an 8×8-inch pie box to fill with cookies of their choice, all baked by parishioners of St. Francis and friends.

“It’s like a gigantic cookie swap and it’s always a lot of fun,” said Dawn Bastien, co-chairperson. “This is the first year we are opening it up to the public, so we’re hoping people come out to fill a box of cookies, take a chance at our raffle and sit and relax in our café.”

The Cookie Walk Café will serve complimentary hot cider, coffee, punch and cookie samples. There are free games and a “giving thanks” craft for children, plus a raffle featuring several themed gift baskets and handmade American Girl doll furniture, including a picnic table and patio set crafted by Louis Rousseau. All proceeds benefit the faith formation programs at the parish for all age groups.

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