“Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good”. – Minor Myers
Everyone who knows me, knows my love for children.
Everyone who knows me, knows my love for baking.
Everyone who knows me, knows I’ve managed to merge both loves by supporting different charities.
Recently I held a bake sale to raise funds for one of the charities near to my heart, Cookies For Kids Cancer.
My friend Dana has twins. One of the twins, Andrick, was diagnosed last August 31st with brain cancer. He is 2 years old. I didn’t hear about his condition until February 7th of 2013. When I found out, I asked Dana if I could hold a Cookies For Kids Cancer fundraiser in honor of Andrick. She said “YES!” Since people tend to come out when the evenings are warmer, I decided to hold the bake sale in late spring.
Soon after, while giving a presentation about Terri From Scratch and the planned bake sale, I met Holly. Holly, the owner of Louisiana Smokehouse in Saratoga, asked if I would hold a bake sale on June 6th at her restaurant. She was having a local radio station on-site as well as a Chamber of Commerce mixer that same night. She thought it would be a great opportunity to get the word out about my business AND raise money for pediatric cancer research. I spoke to Dana and we decided it was possibly the greatest idea ever!
The bake sale wheels were officially in motion.
I set up my Giving Page on the Cookies For Kids Cancer website. I sent out emails to friends and family. I made announcements at my Leads networking group. I hung up fliers. I sent out what seems like hundreds of Facebook announcements.
On June 5th, four friends showed up at my door ready to wrap baked goods. Two of my friends, who realized how challenging it is to bake for an event this big, baked their hearts out, too. One of my friends, Kristina, of Kristina Rust Photography, took awesome photos.
On June 6th, the day of the event, my three children and my daughter’s sweet beau, Alex, loaded up two cars with tables, chairs and box after box of beautifully wrapped baked goods. Off we went to the Louisiana Smokehouse. When we arrived, Dana greeted us. Her son, Andrik, his little body far too compromised to attend, was at home with his Daddy and twin sister. Dana brought beautiful pictures of Andrick and a frame that held the story of his battle.
Before we were even set up, people were lining up to buy. Alex could hardly get the cash box up and running, people were so anxious to help our cause. The Chamber of Commerce President asked Dana to speak to the crowd and tell them her story. After she spoke, we were flooded with donations and customers. I received hugs from strangers who said wonderful things to me because Dana told them that Terri From Scratch donates 100% of the profits to Cookies for Kids Cancer, that although a business is putting on the bake sale, that business will not keep a dime of the money made.
By the end of the night, our tally from the bake sale was $843.00. My giving page has earned $1,010.00. In total, we raised $1,853.00 and there are still a few more collections to be made. A couple local businesses scooped up the leftover baked goods, offering to sell them and give the proceeds to our event.
This is why the Williams James quote, “Act like what you do makes a difference, because it does“, means so much to me. Yes, $1,853.00 isn’t enough to cure pediatric cancer, but it helps.
EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR HELPS.
It also gives parents like Dana and her husband, Brandon, hope. They know they are not alone in their grief. They understand through the outpouring of support that the world cares about children like Andrick and they will do whatever they can to help.
My heart aches that I have to have bakes sales for children with cancer. But I am so very glad that I have the ability to do so.
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