I founded Cakes for Kids to provide birthday cakes to underprivileged children. I provide cupcakes to one school at a time, Kindergarten through third grade, once a month. All children get cupcakes. The children who have birthdays that month get candles on their cupcakes. The whole class sings "Happy Birthday". The birthday boys & girls make their wishes and blow out their candles.
At this time, I serve seven Chicago Public Schools and approximately 2,000 children. I also donate cakes to the University of Chicago Children's Hospital, LaRabidica Children's Hospital, and Kohl's House, a temporary home for young transplant patients at Children's Memorial Hospital. I also take cupcakes monthly to the South Chicago Art Center (an after school program), and a Head Start daycare program. I serve an additional 500 children through these programs.
I hope that one day soon, no child in Chicago will go without a celebration of the anniversary of his/her birth. I think that every child deserves this recognition and that it can make a big difference in a young child's life. I can think of no better way to make them happy than to celebrate their brithdays with their peers. I hope all their wishes come true.
I grew up in Hyde Park/Kenwood, attended Shoesmith, Louis Wirth, Kenwood Academy, and Harold Washington College. I have baked professionally at the Medici, (in Hyde Park) as well as Leo's Lunchroom, (on Division St.) and in Durango, CO. I am certified by the City of Chicago in foodservice sanitation. I am using the City Licensed church kitchen at St. Paul and the Redeemer to bake cupcakes. I serve Reavis, Fermi, Sherwood, Grant, Hoyne, Bradwell, and Barton Schools. I live in Pilsen.