White Bear Lake & Hugo (Minnesota) youth group came together with several friends at their church to make and sell hundreds of chocolate stir spoons, raising $2,000 for water wells in Ethiopia.

By Sara Marie Moore (Vadnais Heights) |

WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. (White Bear Press)―Over 1,000 chocolate stir spoons made and sold by local middle-school girls will be used to dig water wells that will enable girls across the ocean to receive an education.  

Alexis Cox, of Hugo, and Lily Peck, of White Bear Lake, came together with several friends at their church to make and sell hundreds of chocolate stir spoons, raising $2,000 for water wells in Ethiopia. Together, their entire youth group at Redeeming Love Church in Maplewood raised $30,000 through various projects.

Cox said she had a goal to raise $550 by the end of the year for the fundraising initiative. After she successfully raised the funds in 24 hours selling homemade chocolate stir spoons on social media, she asked her friends to join the business, “Sweet Treats by Lexi and Friends.” The philanthropic business also became a home-school project for the eighth-grader. 

Peck, a sixth-grader at Central Middle School, joined her and with several other friends made more than 1,000 chocolate spoons in various flavors to stir into a glass of hot milk. They said they were easy to make — simply melt chocolate into ice cube trays, add flavors and a plastic spoon, and let them harden in the fridge. They made hundreds at a time. They sold them on social media and at church. 

“I think the cause got people motivated to help out,” Cox said. When they sold the chocolate spoons they also raised awareness of the plight of women and children in the Ambo, Ethiopia, area who walk miles a day to get unclean water, Peck noted.

“It’s just heartbreaking to see what happens in the mother’s and children’s lives,” Cox said. 

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