By Kristen Johnson
Today in the state of California, there are approximately 60,000 children living in foster care. 1 child in 30 is homeless in the U.S. 15.5 million children in the U.S. live in families where domestic violence has been an occurrence at least once in the past year. (Cake4Kids).
Any day I come across an agency that helps at-risk children in any way, big or small, I want to advertise it here on my blog. One amazing agency that has recently come across my radar is local (to the Bay Area) organization Cake4Kids. This wonderful organization serves communities in San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa and Marin through 75 different agencies. They hope to expand and given what an amazing idea this is – I certainly hope they are able to expand across California and maybe even across the U.S.!
The idea is a simple but effective one. Volunteers attend an short Saturday orientation, and then they look at the upcoming online cake calendar and sign up to bake a fancy cake for a child’s birthday. Once the fancy cake is ready, the volunteer delivers it to the agency in need (domestic violence shelter, foster care agency, etc.) and sends a picture of it back to Cake4Kids. Volunteers can bake one cake or dozens of cakes. What an amazing idea for anyone and everyone who loves to bake and decorate cakes!
Of course, what do you do if you’re like me and you can barely manage to microwave a frozen dinner? Trust me, no child would ever want to receive a cake that I baked – much less attempted to decorate. No trouble – donations are welcome too! You can donate at the link at the bottom of the page here: http://www.cake4kids.org/volunteer/.
For extra fun (and fundraising) the organization hosts Cake Contests as a way of honoring volunteers and the children they serve. They also have a yearly fundraising benefit dinner. To find out more about upcoming Cake Decorating Contests and to see some pictures of beautifully decorated cakes, look here: http://www.cake4kids.org/events/.
Thank you to the organizers and volunteers of Cake4Kids. You really and truly do inspire me with the selfless work you do on behalf of children in need. You really are an example for all of us as to how to “be the Church” in the community, by serving the most needy.
Matthew 18:2-6 (NRSV): He called a child, whom he put among them, 3 and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
Serve all with love.
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