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Cupcake fundraiser sweet success for Healing Hands Health Center

By Laura Halm
Published On: Feb 14 2013 05:20:53 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 15 2013 04:00:56 PM CST

Valentine's Day is full of sweet treats and sweet success for a local charity.

BRISTOL, Va. -

Valentine's Day is full of sweet treats and sweet success for a local charity. We've told you about Healing Hands Health Center giving you the opportunity to send a cupcake valentine and help the uninsured at the same time.

Thursday, News 5 tagged along with volunteers and learned this annual fundraiser was the biggest success to date.

Life is full of little surprises and at Grand Court Assisted Living Community in Bristol, Virginia Carolyn King got a cupcake from a secret admirer. King says she doesn't have the faintest idea who her valentine is, "I would say thank you so much and I love you and I hope I'm not being too forward."

But King wasn't the only one, volunteers with Healing Hands Health Center spent the day going door-to-door delivering Blackbird Bakery cupcakes for the charity's 'Sweet for the Sweet' Fundraiser. "We've been to churches, we've been to schools, we've been to people's homes," said volunteer Angela Hopkins.

This valentine cost $50 but that money will help pay for medical expenses for the working uninsured. More than 400 cupcakes were dropped off and News 5 learned a whopping $15,000 was raised this year. "With this money we'll be able to provide over 1,500 more patient visits," said Helen Scott with Healing Hands Health Center.

A visit to the dentist Rebecca Vest says she simply wouldn't be able to afford, "I'm very thankful for Healing Hands because otherwise, I wouldn't be able to get the care I'm receiving here."

We also learned about 35 volunteers helped fill the goody-bags as well as deliver the cupcakes from Abingdon to Bristol to Johnson City.