This past Saturday I had the honor of participating in a bake sale through Cookies for Kids Cancer, a wonderful organization that helps individuals make a difference in the effort to raise money for pediatric cancer research. A bloggy friend of mine, Samantha, who I met because she was truly touched by Tuesday's story, put the bake sale together and asked me to join her. I was very excited to finally meet her in person and so happy to be able to do something in Tuesday's honor during Pediatric Cancer Awareness month. We set up shop at the city of Brea's Health and Wellness Festival and nervously hoped for about $250 in donations.
At first things were a bit slow. We didn't set prices on the baked goods and let people donate whatever they saw fit. Some people seemed to think the point was to get a good deal on their cupcake and dropped a measly 50 cents in the bowl. Others made up for the lack of generosity and gave $5 for their cookie. It warmed our hearts to see most people truly just want to give. Of course we had a few people who we wanted to just kick in the shins like the man who told us this bake sale wouldn't make a difference because it we wouldn't raise enough money. He went on and on about his wealthy friends and how much they donate to the City of Hope and then left a dollar in our bowl after taking two cookies. For a wealthy man, he was certainly cheap. There was also a man wearing a purple wolf shirt and a fanny pack who told us there was already a cure for pediatric cancer out there (evidently involving brown algae) and all we were doing was lining the pockets of researchers and doctors. Luckily people like them were far outnumbered by people who had nothing but positive things to say about our efforts. We even ran into someone who read's Tuesday's mom's blog! What a small world.
In the end we made over $400!!!! We were so thrilled with our success and we hope to do another bake sale in the future. I encourage everyone to check out Cookies for Kids Cancer here and set up a little fundraiser of your own. You truly can make a difference and it feels so good! I want to thank Samantha once again for putting this all together and letting me be a part of it. She is awesome!
(PS- Yes I am that tall and yes she is that short. )