On September 6, an article in The Santa Cruz Sentinel sparked the community to bake a difference for Gabriella, a little girl diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma. The article, “Sweetness in the midst of difficulty”, created an outpouring of support for Team G’s Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale. Community members began to e-mail and call Gabriella’s mom, Kristin to ask, “How can I help?”
Local businesses and schools heard the news of Team G’s bake sale and decided to take action. Some businesses had “bake-offs” to see who could give the most baked goods. Schools and Girl Scout troops offered to volunteer at the event. Kristin’s dream of a big bake sale began to take shape.
Team G’s Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Bake Sale recruited over 130 volunteers for the event including 55 plus bakers, 12 Sassy Cakes pre-cupcake makers, 50 Good Cookies at each location. Volunteers even baked over 2,000 treats to sell.
“Cookies, cupcakes and baked goods were coming in by the bucket full on Saturday,” says the Santa Cruz Good Cookie. “People were lined up to drop their goods off and pick up their pre-ordered cookies and cupcakes. As they were being dropped off, some were taken and bagged, ribbons and stickers applied then dispersed to all the tables. It was just incredible to watch as the community came together and a site that just warmed my heart.”
On the big day – September 30th, bake sales all over Santa Cruz set up. Some friends dressed up as cupcakes and Cookie Monster to catch the eye of customers. Volunteers held signs on the street and waved to passers-by.
Between pre-sold baked goods, t-shirt sales and the city-wide bake sale event, Kristin and Team G’s Cookies for Kids’ Cancer raised $22,580 for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.
“It was just incredible to see a community come together with such enthusiasm and heart,” says Kristin. “I was so honored to be a part of it all. There’s no way it would have happened without everyone’s participation and dedication. As Gretchen [Holt Witt] says, “Cookies are Magical”. A saying I won’t forget anytime soon.”
To read more about Gabriella, visit our Inspiring Kids page.