Community cookie exchanges benefit Boys and Girls Club

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Posted 1/14/22

Five Lillington area neighborhoods were “crawling” with excitement and Christmas spirit last month as 41 homes joined in a Community Cookie Crawl fundraising effort to benefit the Robin …

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Community cookie exchanges benefit Boys and Girls Club

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Five Lillington area neighborhoods were “crawling” with excitement and Christmas spirit last month as 41 homes joined in a Community Cookie Crawl fundraising effort to benefit the Robin Paige Boys and Girls Club located in the Shawtown Community Center. 

Each of the participating communities organized their events as they felt COVID-comfortable.

Events ranged from a true house-to-house “crawl” where neighbors each made a donation to the club and collected cookies at the respective homes, to gathering at a host’s home or mutually convenient site within the neighborhood for their donations and cookie exchanges. Some skipped the cookies completely and opted for making contributions for the club’s benefit.

Together, the five neighborhoods raised a total of $2,357 for the club in the two-week period.

“I sincerely believe this is just the beginning,” said Sue Balch, the event’s architect, “and that next year’s event will see more and more communities joining us in this worthwhile fundraiser. It embodies the spirit of Christmas, human connection, inclusion, and community service.

“COVID has been hard on us all and we need to come together in our neighborhoods, our communities, to look out for one another and help one another. The RPBGC really stepped (up) when traditional in-person school and meals, access to physical education, libraries, WiFi and more were suddenly gone, and provided a safe place for virtual learning, meals, homework help, life-skills mentoring and so much more.

“The programs they provide are transformative and impactful. More people need to know about the good work they are doing,” Balch said.

Boys and Girls Clubs of America is a national organization of local chapters providing a safe haven of after-school programs for young people.

The Robin Paige Club in Lillington was established through the leadership and generosity of George and Rebecca Womble in memory of their late daughter, Robin Paige Womble.

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