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Sweet aroma of cookies to waft over city

It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas: Soon the sweet aroma of the Family Promise annual Cookie Sale will fill the Lawton community.

Not only will cookies be for sale, there also will be a silent auction and benefit raffle at the annual event, which will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 5 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 2105 NW 38th. 

The raffle drawing will take place just after the end of the cookie sale. Winners of the raffle will receive a Microsoft Surface 3, including a case, and there's a second chance to win a 40-inch Vizio E Series smart TV donated by the LaSill Optimists. Raffle tickets may be purchased during the sale.

This year will be Family Promise's fifth year for its annual cookie sale, whose proceeds go back into the Lawton community throughout the year. Courtney Risch, Family Promise executive director, will be involved in the sale for the first time. She started the position in August and said she is excited to be part of the annual event.

"It seems like it's a big community involvement that everyone talks about and knows about and donates cookies to; it's a really big event," Risch said. "... People that aren't even involved with Family Promise help out, and they bake cookies for us one time of year. This time of year everyone wants something to volunteer for, and even though it's one time a year, they're still impacting the community."

Family Promise has 11 host churches helping bake cookies and organize gift baskets, but the sale is still in need of bakers. Family Promise asks those baking cookies for the sale to bake six dozen of their best cookies.

Linda Mask, cookie sale chair, said people often purchase the cookies to give as gifts, have around their office or to keep at home for the holiday season. Mask has worked on the event four of five years and enjoys it because churches and people from around the community join to bake cookies and raise money for Family Promise.

"What I like the most about it is it's nondenominational; all of the churches come together," Mask said. "It doesn't matter what faith you are. For Family Promise, everybody pitches in and it's a really big blessing. I sat on the board for four years, and to see the process of it all, it really does help families."

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