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Cookie Adventure parade/benefit downtown on Saturday

There was a small parade downtown and then a drive-through cookie sale to benefit Alpha Family Center on Saturday, May 9. The cookie sale, scheduled for noon until four pm, sold out almost immediately and raised $1,894.22 for the center's activities.

“It was very fun and brought much joy to those driving by, as well as the Cookie Adventure participants,” said Christa Wetzel, executive director of the Alpha Family Center. “Thank you Deirdre's Cakes and Bakes for making the amazing cookie treats. We had 100 bags to sell. Some vehicles purchased more than one bag [and] we sold out within 15 minutes of the start time.”

“For a minimum donation of $8 (cash only), you will receive a Cookie Adventure bag packed with 10 yummy cookies from Deidre's Cakes & Bakes,” explained Liz Baker, executive director of the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce. “Just pull through Alpha Family Center of Lowell this Saturday between 12 and 4 pm, put your donation in the large baby bottle, and we will hand you a bag of cookies. No need to get out of your car! First come, first served as we only have 100 bags available.”

There was no advance publicity for the parade to avoid creating a situation where people would gather,  potentially passing the coronavirus to each other.

“A small group will be meeting in the parking lot at North Star Antiques and walking to Alpha Family Center,” Baker said. “It was a cute idea from Ashley Dunn at Creative Party Bug. We really did not want the media to know too much ahead of time so that we could avoid people congregating on the street. This will just be a visual for those driving by.”

Alpha Family Center provides various forms of counseling, training and assistance for women who are pregnant or have children under age five. AFC is a “crisis pregnancy center,” so it does not provide clients with access to services such as birth control or abortion.

“We are faced with an increased need of services during this time,” Wetzel said. “In one week's time we can give out over 500 diapers. When you think of how much each package of diapers costs, those expenses add up. Thankfully, we do have a giving community, even during a time of hardship like we are faced with. We haven't been meeting face-to-face during the pandemic so far, other than needed medical services. We have been able to do pick-up times for clients to receive necessary items such as diapers, wipes, formula, cribs, etc. We will be resuming soon to meet with clients face-to-face.”

Sponsors of and/or participants in the event were North Star Antiques, Station Salon, Tap House Boutique, All Weather Seal, Rookies Sportscards Plus, Red Barn Consignments and Antiques, LowellArts, Lavender and Lace Boutique, Fans in the Stands and the Englehardt Library.

“Thank you so much, Lowell,” Wetzel said. “What an amazing community! One thing that was said by those helping run the event was, 'We needed this!' In a time like this, the community needs ways to feel together and to help those in need, and this event accomplished both. One important thing to remember is life continues to move forward and we will all need to do what we can to help one another as a community.”

For more information, go to 519 E. Main after everything reopens, visit afclowell.org or call 616-987-9533.

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