With all of the negative that goes on in the world, it's always a breath of fresh air to find organizations where people are volunteering their time and talents to bless the lives of others. One of those wonderful organizations is Icing Smiles Inc. Here's a description of their organization's mission from their website:
We are Baking a Difference
Icing Smiles is a nonprofit organization that provides custom celebration cakes and other treats to families impacted by the critical illness of a child. We understand that the simple things, like a birthday cake, are luxuries to a family battling illness. Our goal is to create a custom cake for the ill child, or their sibling, that provides a temporary escape from worry and creates a positive memory during a difficult time.
Memories have magical powers. Long after the cake is gone, the memories linger-- memories of the kindness of a stranger, of the art of the design, of the sweet smells of a special treat, of the smiles and laughs, of a normal childhood experience so often stolen from these children. These memories are why we say, "It is so much more than a cake."
I can't remember when or where I first heard of Icing Smiles but I know it was shortly AFTER Raya's birthday last year. :) I started telling everybody I knew who might be able to qualify to receive a cake about it and this summer, we were able to see what great things these volunteer bakers do for the kids they serve.
Remember Raya's little tubie BFFs Whitney & Lily? Miss Whitney turned 2 in July and it was fun to be able to go to her birthday party & get the girls together again.
Whitney is a survivor of a Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH). When she was born, her parents were told that she had a VERY slim chance of survival. They were living hour by hour then, and probably didn't dare allow themselves to dream of celebrating her second birthday. But Whitney is a fighter and has overcome SO many obstacles. She is truly a little miracle!
When a family applies and is accepted for a cake through Icing Smiles, a volunteer baker is assigned to the child and works with the parents on coming up with a theme and color scheme for the cake. Whitney's party theme was rainbow and Liz from Lizzie's Sweets 'N Treats did a FABULOUS job on the cake. She really went above and beyond with the rainbow cupcakes and cake-ups! They weren't just pretty either, they were DELICIOUS too!
And yes, it was all as delicious as it looked. The frosting on the cake-ups even got the Raya seal of approval! :)
It was a fun evening that was topped off by a beautiful cake that was graciously and lovingly made for Whitney, thanks to Icing Smiles and Lizzie's Sweets 'N Treats!
Next month, Raya will be turning 3 (Oh.My.Goodness, where has the time gone?!?) and we are SO excited that Icing Smiles will be providing her with a birthday cake too! The details will remain a secret until the big reveal/birthday post, but Raya is going to LOVE it. And this year, maybe she'll actually eat some cake. (Now that she's allergic to basically everything in it.) But we'll give her a pass for that night. :)
If you are a baker who would like to donate your time & talents to Icing Smiles or would like to donate funds to help offset costs, click here for information about how to do that. If you have a child who would like to receive an Icing Smiles cake, here is the information about how to apply. Thank you, Icing Smiles, for the amazing work your volunteers are doing!!
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