Matt of The Insight Program, after all, might have been the exception to the rule when he said, “Cupcakes? Teens? Bring it on.” But I know Matt, and he knows my baking. How will it go with someone I don’t know.
It took less than 10 minutes to find out. After approaching The Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children, I got back a wonderful response from Ginny, the executive director for development.
“We serve a dessert with each of our lunches. Usually, the desserts we serve are store- bought and lack that special “made with love” touch. Would it be possible to have you do cookies/cupcakes for us that would be easily served to individuals? On average we see around 120-140 women and children each day for lunch—would that be a doable size?”
Um. No. Not by myself. I’ve already struggled with 50 cupcakes for Insight – not in the labor, but in the storing and the delivering. What have I done? Did I really just start, just to fail?
But then a plan emerged – along with some charter “Baked With Love” bakers. We can’t cover everyone every day. But we could do one delivery a month – hopefully in April on the Saturday before Easter. In May, we would do the Saturday before Mother’s Day.
Keisha W., Mary S., Lynne A, and I will each make cupcakes – a total of at least 150 – and meet at the shelter. What was overwhelming is manageable. What seemed impossible was done.
We would like to do more (hint, hint: What You Can Do). But we will do what we can do with what we have in time and energy. I’ll let you know what happens.