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Local sweet stop donating extras to nonprofits

Photo by Michele Newbanks Maegan Williams makes up a batch of buttercream Wednesday at Lisa’s Sweet Stop.

BEVERLY — In an effort to give back to the community, Lisa’s Sweet Stop in Beverly has started donating extra baked goods to nonprofits around the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Lisa Huck, who opened the shop in 2013, said it’s something they’ve done locally since the beginning.

“Since the day we opened here, it was pretty convenient that Beverly United Methodist Church started doing their community meal the same month,” Huck said. “We unofficially partnered up with them and provided all their desserts for their community meal once a month.”

She said she opened her shop in Beverly “to service our little community”.

“Businesses get a lot of asks for fundraiser things and we pretty much do anything that’s local.”

They’ve also donated to Marietta’s Gospel Mission Food Pantry when they had extras.

“Now we’ve got two trucks out on the road and we’re anticipating maybe a little extra of the extras at the end of the week. I just wanted to get a good list of places out there that might utilize those,” Huck said. “But I wanted them to be people who are servicing people or to the service of people who need it.”

She said their first delivery was more than 200 cupcakes to the Latrobe Street Mission in Parkersburg.

Within two weeks of announcing the shop would donate the extras, Huck has compiled a list of about 60 nonprofits who have contacted her.

“It’s been really fulfilling because I asked for an idea of what they do and then contact information,” she said. “I’ve gotten to see these nonprofits and what they do for our community. They’re from all over the Mid-Ohio Valley.”

Huck said she’ll separate the list into two sections — one for smaller service groups and one for larger groups. When they have extras, she’ll go through the list to find a nonprofit that fits the amount of goods she has extra.

Her list entails nonprofits from mission shelters which house and feed people daily to senior centers that feed 300 people a week. The smaller groups are teacher groups or paramedic groups, “people who are servicing our community that could use a pick-me-up,” Huck said.

Huck said they aren’t going to focus on one nonprofit — they intend to hit all 60.

“(The donations) aren’t pinholed just to the needy, but to the people that are servicing them,” she said.

Huck said she was happy about the project.

“We could probably do at least 100 (donations) a year. I’m really excited about it,” she said. “It was the most fulfilling thing to get the pictures (the Latrobe Street Mission) sent me the next day showing the little ones and the people that … a cupcake brought happiness to somebody and fulfilled something that they needed. That’s kind of always been my desire.”

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

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