Christmas was in full-swing Saturday in the Cobblestone Creek neighborhood, where its Christmas market transformed the inside of the golf course’s clubhouse.
Residents brought out their hand-made and homemade crafts for sale, and everyone from the senior residents down to the kids got involved. For some, their sales meant more than just providing holiday cheer for those locally.
Christine and Michael Lamke’s four sons — Luke, Reese, Lane and Jack — spent the run-up to this Christmas market creating ornaments, flower arrangements and other crafts for a good cause. The money raised from Saturday’s sales will go toward Well Water Global, an organization that helps bring clean drinking water to children in Africa.
“I knew they’d enjoy getting to be a part of the experience,” Lamke said. “They don’t really need anything, so my husband and I work hard to teach them about being compassionate and considering others.”
Lamke’s childhood friend, Hannah McBrayer, and her husband, Landon McBrayer, founded the nonprofit. It works to either launch or assist on projects that bring drinking water to communities most in need or to ensure the water available is clean.
“It’s a cause we’ve talked about before and given to before,” Lamke said. “So it was an idea they could wrap their minds around.”
The four boys spent the last three weeks finding their materials at thrift stores and creating their crafts. Last week, they even went around the neighborhood to encourage Cobblestone residents to come out and support their cause — Four Boys Farmhouse Designs — as well as the Christmas market.
“My husband and I really want them to have this idea that Jesus was a real person, and not just at Christmas. When you read about his life, he always met people’s physical needs first,” Lamke said. “Then their emotional and relational needs, and then he got to their spiritual needs.
“So if we can meet real, tangible, physical needs for other people, then I feel we’re living out who Jesus is. That’s more of the spirit of Christmas.”
And the Lamke boys weren’t the only children at the Christmas market looking to help the community. Creative Girls Cooperative handmade products like Christmas napkins, jewelry and scarves for sale.
Timothy Finocchiar and his friend, Carlos Hart, both 15, had their own card game, “The Fearless Four,” available for purchase. Hart came up with the story, while Finocchiar came up with card designs.
Residents of all ages had items like artwork, cleaning supplies and essential oils available. Lynda Rider had colorful hand-made cups — such as tumblers and travel mugs — stacked up on her table.
Rider said she’s only been doing it for three months, and each time she sits down to work, the designs get more creative. She and a friend do it together and take their business — hers is called Lynda’s Glitzy Creations — on the road.
“We’ve done about four shows,” Rider said. “I did crafts for 28 years and then went to work for 13. It’s a lot of fun, but it is an expensive hobby to get into.”
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