One of the things I love about the Taste of Home community is the strong culture of cooking, caring, and sharing. Everyone coming together to offer love and support for one another through warm, home-cooked meals.
They are Cooks Who Care.
Over the past couple of weeks it seems as though there are many who could use some love and support. Tornado victims in Missouri, Arkansas, and Alabama. Families with flooded homes and farms along the swollen Mississippi. Displaced communities struggling after a devastating earthquake in Japan. Often we look at these horrific events on our TV and are at a loss as to how we can help. Should we write a check? Volunteer? Will that even be enough?
I have found that by rallying as community – a community of home cooks – you can touch many more lives and raise awareness faster and louder. And what could be a better way for home cooks to help than through a bake sale?
On April 2, 2011, a national bake sale took place to help those affected by the earthquake and nuclear disasters in Japan. All proceeds were given to Peace Winds Japan, an organization that is helping to mobilize support and relief in Japan. The bake sale has raised over $140,121.88, and money is still rolling in.
On May 14, 2011, a group of bakers in Seattle, WA, kicked off the Seattle Bake Sale for the South, to help the many families displaced by the flood waters of the Mississippi. Bakers rallied together, and 100% of all of the proceeds are being donated to the Red Cross.
Now it’s your turn. Get together with your fellow bakers and whip up a batch of your famous brownies, your to-die-for cookies, and old-fashioned pies. Spread the word in your communities and work with local businesses to publicize the event. I’m sure with your collective talent, you’ll be able to raise quite a bit of money.
As a food community, I am certain that we can make a difference in the lives of those who have lost everything. We are cooks who can inspire and help. We are Cooks Who Care.
To donate directly to the Red Cross, please visit american.redcross.org
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