Janice Snyder had never seen anything like it.
Forty-five minutes after opening Thursday morning, the Lutheran Home at Concord Reserve's third annual Taste of Home Cookie Walk was completely sold out.
Twenty bakers had contributed 2,160 cookies and other baked goods. Butter cookies, chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter blossoms, turtle brownies, oatmeal cookies, spice cookies, and more ... all gone.
"There were just crumbs," Snyder, mission outreach liason for the home, said. "And I think people would have bought those, too, because they were homemade crumbs."
Snyder said that with there being no bake sale this year at St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Rocky River, and some people missing the bake sale at Dover Congregational United Church of Christ, there was a bigger demand for cookies.
This year's Cookie Walk raised $730 for a fund that will install benches in the courtyard at Lutheran Home. When the courtyard was built in 2008, there weren't funds for benches so concrete pads were installed where the benches would go. This year's money, combined with the 2011 proceeds, will be enough to buy two benches, Snyder said.
In 2010, proceeds from the Cookie Walk went towards buying two WhisperGliders, which are wheelchair-accessible gliders. They are very popular with patients, Snyder said, and Alzheimer's patients find the gentle rocking very soothing.