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Neighborhood Outside Longmont Plans Fundraiser for Florence Victims

September 22, 2018

If you go

What: Bake sale to raise money for those affected by storm that started as Hurricane Florence.

When: 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Downtown Park in Prospect New Town.

Cost: Depends on what you buy or want to give.

More info: Contact organizer Amy Lane at 970-231-9921.

A group of neighbors in Prospect New Town south of Longmont have banded together to raise money for those affected by the storm system that started as Hurricane Florence.

Neighbors will hold a bake sale at the downtown park at the corner of 100 Year Party Court and Tenacity Drive on Saturday from 3 until 6 p.m., according to Amy Lane. A few local bands also will perform, including Steel Aviators .

“We’ve been watching this on the news, and we feel really helpless being so far away,” Lane said.

People are still being evacuated in South Carolina, as flood water from the hurricane that has now downgraded to a storm system continues to run out to sea.

At least 42 people were killed by the storm in the Carolinas and Virginia, according to CBS News .

Cave Girl Coffee, a new shop downtown in the neighborhood, has agreed to donate 10 percent of its proceeds from Saturday to the cause, as well, she said.

All of the proceeds from the bake sale will go to two local charities that Lane’s friends in the Wrightville Beach area recommended: Direct Relief , which is providing medicine and medical products to those in need, and the Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry , which is raising money to help rebuild structures affected by the storm.

The neighborhood held a similar fundraiser last year after hurricanes Harvey and Maria hit, Lane said.

Her 13-year-old daughter, Morgan, runs a business called Pixie Cakes and Pastries in the summer selling baked goods. The Lanes decided to use the business to give back, and came up with the idea for a bake sale.

“It dominates the news cycle, so what do you do?” Lane said. “Obviously, five years ago we went through a similar thing here with the flood, so I know how long it takes to get out of a situation like that.”

Last year, the neighborhood was able to raise about $700 in two hours. This year, they hope to nearly double their cupcake production, depending on how many neighbors let them use their ovens.

“It doesn’t have to be difficult,” Lane said about the fundraiser. “Neighbors can get together and do something simple like this . . . It can just be people coming together.”

Those who would like more information can contact Lane at 970-231-9921.

Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, mstamour@prairiemountainmedia.com

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