Auxiliary plans another ‘Bakeless’ Bake Sale

Thursday, November 25, 2021

LE MARS — The wonderful holiday season will soon be upon us. Time to decorate, shop and bake those wonderful family favorites.

However, those wanting to get their goodies from the Floyd Valley Auxiliary’s annual Goodie Sale will have to wait another year as life continues to be different for everyone because of COVID-19.

“The Floyd Valley Hospital Auxiliary will not be having its annual goodie sale, instead we are going to hold a ‘bakeless bake sale,’ the same as we did last year,” said Ruth Farley, Goodie Sale Chairperson who has worked with the Goodie Sale for years.

This is how the Bakeless Bake Sale will work.

“Consider what you would have paid to make goodies for the goodie sale or what you spent at the goodie sale for those wonderful baked goods. Add it all up and send a donation to the Floyd Valley Hospital Auxiliary,” Farley said.

The Auxiliary will use the donations for items of need, determined by the hospital.

Checks may be made out to the Floyd Valley Auxiliary and mailed to Ruth Farley, 1309 Second Ave. S.W., Le Mars, Iowa 51031 or Vicki Dixon, 864 Third Ave. S.W., Le Mars, 51031. Checks need to be received by Dec. 15, 2021.

Farley said there were a couple of factors that went into making the decision to go bakeless this year.

“First of all, it was because we can’t use the room in the lower level of the hospital because of remodeling,” Farley said. The lower level Conference Center has been the site of the Goodie Sale for years. That area is part of the renovation and addition planned for physical therapy and clinics.

“So when we decided not to go with it this year, we decided not to do the candy, too,” Farley said. “Because how did we know if the church was open at that time, and how did we know that COVID wouldn’t get worse and they would close the church and we wouldn’t have a place to make it.”

The candymakers and wrappers use the facilities at Presbyterian United Church of Christ for their candymaking work.

Last year’s Bakeless Bake Sale was a success despite no candy being involved.

“We brought in $1,400 so about $400 less than if we actually had had a sale. We felt that was very good, considering,” she said.

“It all goes toward the hospital, basically. It has been thousands of dollars we’ve donated over the years,” she said.

Farley also noted that it’s not just auxiliary members, but the community that support the Goodie Sale each year.

“Any donations from the community are welcomed. We would like to thank you in advance for supporting our local Floyd Valley Auxiliary,” Farley said.