On Saturday, Dec. 18, the Clifford Community Youth Group is offering hundreds of dozens of traditional melt-in-your-mouth favorites and specialty cookies, including chocolate chip and sugar, pinwheels and Oreo balls, gingerbread, and many tasty others.


The Clifford Community Youth Group has scheduled a different kind of walk for the holidays … a fun Cookie Walk, and everyone’s invited.
On Saturday, Dec. 18, the youth group is offering hundreds of dozens of traditional melt-in-your-mouth favorites and specialty cookies, including chocolate chip and sugar, pinwheels and Oreo balls, gingerbread, and many tasty others.
“The kids hope to have as many as 20 varieties available for purchase,” said Youth Leader Robin Correll.  “As shoppers arrive, they can pick up a small or large container, walk among the tables with all the cookies displayed on trays, and fill their container with as many selections as it will hold.  We’re not counting cookies or weighing the boxes, but the lids must close.  Small containers cost just $4 and the larger ones are $7.
“This is a new and different kind of fundraiser for us, and it was suggested by one of our members, whose home church does this to raise funds during the holidays,” Correll explained.  “We’re really excited about it and hope to raise funds for our kids to attend Youth 2011 in Indiana next July.”
An event that happens only every four years and is the largest single gathering of United Methodist Church youth, Youth 2011 is a national gathering to bring together top United Methodist leaders, and the best ecumenical speakers, bands and talent, with thousands of youth church groups from throughout the country.  What is deemed a life-changing event, the conference will feature worship experiences and interactive exhibits, Bible study, workshops and trainings, and much more to bring participants together in faith, fellowship, and friendship. 
“It’ll cost about $400 plus transportation for each of our youth to attend, so we’re hoping the Cookie Walk will be a huge success,” Robin explained.
Founded in 2006 and supported by their families and the community, the Clifford Community Youth Group currently has about 25 members and welcomes youth age 5-17 from throughout the area, including Clifford, Forest City, Clark Summit, Abington, and Honesdale.
The Cookie Walk will be held in the fellowship hall of the Clifford Methodist Church, Main Street, Clifford, from 9 a.m. to noon.  Gift wrapping will also be offered by the youth, who will provide wraps and bows; a donation is requested to wrap any gift.