Lowes in Quincy will host a breast cancer awareness community event on October 13, from 10 am to 2 pm.  Five Quincy Lowes employees recently diagnosed with breast cancer inspired the “Store’s Voice Team” to host this event.  Human Resources Manager Scott Bergman hopes to highlight early detection and raise funds for the Blessing Breast Center Financial Assistance Program while hosting fun activities for the entire family.

Lowes is teaming up with Blessing Breast Center to provide information on breast health. The Judy Alderson Foundation will also be on hand to share their mission of providing “Quillows” to cancer patients. “Quillows” are quilts that can be easily folded into a pillow. Many cancer patients have difficulty regulating their body temperature and the “Quillows” provide them with some comfort during treatment.

Families can enjoy arts and craft activities with the staff of the Quincy Art Center and Quincy Public Library. The Quincy Police Department, Quincy Fire Department and each branch of the armed forces will be on hand. Community members can also get a close look at the Air Evac Helicopter. Lowes will also have a bounce house set up for children.

In addition to these hands-on activities, Pepsi is providing soda and County Market will have hot dogs available for a donation to the Blessing Breast Center Financial Assistance Program. With a donation attendees can also pick up a goody bag with coupons from over 60 area businesses. Eligible donations include to the Blessing Breast Center Financial Assistance Program, the Fall Harvest Food Drive and Lowe’s coat drive.

Another event partner is Lowe’s neighbor in the Prairie Crossing Shopping Center, Kohl’s. The department store is sending staff to volunteer and funds for the children’s activities. Lowes is selling raffle tickets for a handcrafted wooden rocking toy made by Mark Hemm of Quincy. It is on display in Lowes near the customer service desk and raffle tickets are on sale now.