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Baking for a Brighter Future

Updated: Jun 5

A Heartwarming Bake Sale Story (Homemade Goodies for Our Peers’ Education)

Hello, everyone! My name is Abisrishti Ram. I am a youth volunteer of VT SEVA Detroit Youth Board, and I’m thrilled to share an inspiring story with you. On October 28th, 2023, I organized a bake sale with a purpose to raise funds and donate for the education of children at NethraVidhyala School supported by VT SEVA. Let me take you through this heartwarming journey.

The Motivation

VT SEVA supported NethraVidhyala school students’ remarkable achievements deeply impressed me. Their determination and resilience inspired me to take action. I firmly believe that education should be accessible to all, regardless of their circumstances. With this conviction, I embarked on a mission to make a difference.

Baking with Purpose

Having baked countless treats for my family and friends, I decided to channel my passion into something meaningful. I set my sights on sponsoring the education of at least one student, which required raising $365.

The Power of Teamwork

Knowing that I couldn’t achieve this goal alone, I rallied my friends (Shruthi and Kirupali) . Together, we formed a team of enthusiastic bakers and salespeople. Our shared commitment fueled our efforts.

Crafting Vegan Delights

Recognizing the growing interest in vegan options, I spent a week experimenting with various vegan cookie recipes. Once I perfected them, I documented the recipes—essential for transparency regarding ingredients and potential allergies. Our menu featured sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and pumpkin spice cookies (courtesy of my talented friend).

Preparation and Setup

The day before the bake sale, I diligently prepared the cookie dough, allowing it to chill for optimal flavor. On the big day, we set up a charming table outside my garage. Each baked item came with its recipe, prominently displayed for visitors to see. We wanted everyone to feel confident about their choices, especially those with dietary restrictions.

Sales and Outreach

Sales started slowly in the morning, but as the day progressed, our efforts paid off. Undeterred, we hit the streets, distributing bake sale flyers door-to-door. Along the way, we honed our sales skills and learned valuable lessons about customer service. Not everyone was friendly, but we remained focused on our mission.

The Irresistible Selling Point

Our secret weapon? The tagline: “Homemade Goodies for Our Peers’ Education!” This simple phrase resonated with our community, emphasizing the dual purpose of our bake sale.

Triumph and Impact

By day’s end, we had surpassed our initial goal. Together, we raised over $750, enough to sponsor the education of two children at NethraVidalya. The joy and fulfillment we felt were immeasurable. This experience has left an indelible mark on my heart, and I’m committed to making it an annual tradition.

A Call to Action

As I reflect on this journey, I encourage everyone to use their abilities to uplift others. Let’s create a world where education knows no barriers. 🌟

Blog written by: Abisrishti Ram

Blog Published by: Nandini Cheemalamarri

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