Giving Every Tuesday: sweet non-profit makes smiles one cake at a time
When you think of birthdays, what comes to mind? Balloons? Gifts? Turning a year older? Well one thing's for sure, you can't celebrate without a birthday cake. Cue Bake Their Day.
Acting director and founder Deane Jessee-Jones told KUAM News, "It's something that I had been wanting to do for awhile with a friend of mine, Kim Fergurgur, now that our kids were getting bigger." Her cousin is part of a group in Texas that does the same thing and thought it would be a great program to do here on Guam.
"What we've been doing is providing birthday or celebration cakes for youth on Guam that happen to be living in shelters, or in DYA, or in foster care," she recalled.
The first cake was delivered this past January 25 for a child in Alee Shelter. And to date there have been about 50 cakes created to bring joy and hope to a child. Each cake baked with love and care - what is more magical than a child closing their eyes, taking a deep breath, making a wish, and blowing out the candles on a cake made just for them courtesy of the cake crew that consists of volunteers.
"There are 18 bakers now. We started out with just three of us an went to five and the original five are all part of the board. And over time we've added a baker's dozen more, so we have 13 more bakers that are baking with us," she explained.
And if you would lke to help in their mission of making smiles one cake at a time, they have a PayPal account set up under Bake Their Day and is recognized as a PayPal charity.
Jones said, "They can also take advantage of the Amazon Smile program, other local organizations taking part of Amazon Smile are Sanctuary and Make A Wish."
She also says wants to thank everyone who has made this project a success, saying, "I could not do it without the cake crew. I could not have done it without all the different agencies and directors, they have been wonderful."
She also want to give a special shoutout to one bakery that came through to do an emergency cake for a child that was placed in a shelter who just so happen to be also celebrating a birthday. "We have also established a partnership with Parisco," she said, "Parisco has really stepped up tremendously and they are willing to donate one cake a month to our program.