Shopping is so much sweeter when you know the money will benefit a good cause.
Remember Prickly Poppy Bakery? The sweet treats baked at home by Lake Highlands mom Erin Van Kirk? She shuttered the business to focus on her growing family, but has recently relaunched her operation in the form of cookie kits and pop-up shops. Today (Friday) she’ll sell pumpkin-spice cake, caramel-apple cupcakes, butterscotch cookies, honey-lavender macarons and other decadent delights during a bake sale at 9650 Estate Lane. It starts at 3 p.m. and runs until they sell out, with items priced at $1 to $20. Best of all, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Packs 4 LH, which seeks to send every student at Skyview Elementary home for the Thanksgiving break with a new backpack full of holiday foods to share with their family.
If an estate sale packed with unknown treasures is more up your alley, mark your calendar for Sunday and head to 9659 Brentgate Drive. The event, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., will donate 100 percent of its proceeds to Clickit4life, a Lake Highlands-based nonprofit that puts billboards up to remind youth to buckle up behind the wheel.
Tragedy bonded Lake Highlands moms Therese Rockwell and Terri Hoover. Rockwell worked at Hoover’s salon, Astrik Edge, in 2005 when Hoover’s son Jake died in a car accident. He was not wearing a seat belt. Two years later, Rockwell would experience a similar pain after her son Truman was gravely injured when he was hit by a car while riding his skateboard. He was left with brain damage, bound to a wheelchair (watch the heartbreaking video below).
“Terri [Hoover] helped show me how to survive the realities of life,” Rockwell wrote in a letter inviting people to the sale.
Hoover created Clickit4life to honor Jake’s memory and help ensure other parents don’t experience the same loss she has. Rockwell is hosting the estate sale Sunday out of her own home, which will be staged for the event so everything you see is for sale, all for the benefit of her friend’s nonprofit. “Oh oui, imagine, the whole entire house — everything for the taking — at a nice price, of course,” Rockwell wrote.