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Lavendar Girls return for sixth annual sale


Group is selling lavendar-based crafts to benefit Children's Cancer Association

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Lavendar Girls of West Linn made $5,000 to benefit young cancer patients last year, and used that money to grant a number of wishes. The Lavendar Girls of West Linn return this Friday for their sixth annual sale to benefit the Children’s Cancer Association.

The sale is set to take place at the Cascade Summit Pool, 3480 Chaparrel Drive, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and will include all of the Lavendar Girls’ most popular items — from lavendar sachets to bath salts, candles and baked goods.

The Lavender Girls are a passionate group of preteens based primarily out of Rosemont Ridge Middle School who are determined to put the excess lavender growing in their yards to good use by helping critically ill kids in their community. Last year, the sale brought in $5,000, according to group supervisor Michelle Bombet Minch.

The girls used that money to purchase a number of special gifts for children battling cancer, including a cowboy hat, a laptop, a stroller and a twin size bed.

Profits have jumped exponentially since the first sale in 2009, from $49 to $162 in 2010, $1,600 in 2011, $2,400 in 2012 and $5,000 last year. The money is always used on special gifts for children who are often terminally ill.

The idea for “Lavendar Girls” came six years ago, when twin sisters Emily and Lauren Henning were in first grade and wanted to help their mother, Jeanette, with her volunteer worth at the CCA. They noticed there was an unusual amount of lavendar in their backyard and that it was almost the exact same color as the CCA logo.

The group has blossomed since that moment, and the girls hope to once again outpace past efforts with this year’s sale.

To learn more, visit the Lavendar Girls’ Facebook page, facebook.com/LavenderGirlsOfWestLinn.

Contact Patrick Malee at 503-636-1281 Ext. 106 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..