Sweet Shoppe time

Published 1:42 am Saturday, January 14, 2012

The time is near when Meredith’s Miracles works to make sure everyone gets a “kiss” on Valentine’s Day, as the group holds its annual Sundae and Sweet Shoppe fundraiser.

To make the event go off without a hitch, event organizer Emily Yehling said she needs volunteers to help make sundaes as soon as possible.

Yehling said this year’s sweet shoppe won’t be held at the Sunshine House, but “hopefully” will be on the Square in the old Mary Ann’s location.

“I’m hoping to get in there ASAP,” she said. “We’ll be open for business probably Feb. 7.

“And we need volunteers of all ages,” she said. “We have a lot of things they can do from washing vases to putting candies down in the jar. If they don’t feel like they can hot glue, they can curl the ribbons for the whipped cream, help set up the tables and the tablecloths. We’ll also need people to help deliver on Feb. 14.

“But my main cry for today is helping make sundaes,” she said. “We made about 350 last year, and we ran out. So, this year we‘re going to make 600 sundaes this year.”

Sundaes typically include Hershey Kisses, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Tootsie Rolls, bubble gum, peppermint, and this year’s new flavor caramel crème. Sugar-free hard candy selections are usually available upon request.

This will be the seventh straight year of sundae sales for the charity created in honor of Meredith McGlamory, the daughter of Janna and Russell McGlamory, who passed away from a form of childhood cancer in 2003.

The charity assists parents who have to leave the area to get specialty medical care for their children by helping with non-medical related expenses, such as gas, lodging and food for families living within a 60-mile radius of Andalusia.

Yehling said this would be a great community service for school organizations in need of volunteer hours.

Those interested should call Yehling at 334-892-5575.