Every year I say that it’s been a tough year. But this particular year has been a year of big changes and new chapters. I lost my beloved grandmother. I quit my previous day job (that was a regular paycheck) to fully commit to this dream project of mine. I quit drinking. I’m about to finish school. “A year of changes” would be an understatement.
At the same time, I’m not an idiot. I fully realize that I’m still in a position that makes me more fortunate than 97% of the world. I have a beautiful home. I’m in a loving relationship. I’m about to start an exciting new chapter in my career. I have a huge and insanely tight-knit family. I have amazing friends and an amazing team here at TTF HQ. There are so many people that have less or none of those things. So this year, I wanted to give back. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t do enough charity work. Between work, school and trying to have a life, it feels like I have no time. But in reality, of course I can carve out a couple hours here and there to make a difference.
So when my friend was telling me about a fundraiser for Sunnyvale First Methodist Church’s Annual Holiday Bazaar to benefit the homeless. I jumped at the chance to contribute. They were having a bake sale so I wanted to make two holiday favorites to start the season of giving off right — Strawberry Bounce Cupcakes and Cider Doughnuts with Bourbon Vanilla Glaze.
People don’t like buying slices or non-individual things at bake sales so I wanted to make small things. I also made this particular batch with raspberries instead of strawberries (because they were on sale and we’re on a budget) but they turned out amazing. I wanted to make this particular batch of desserts extra special because it’s for a cause that’s near and dear to my heart. The plight of the homeless is one of the most ignored causes and it’s one of the most local.
The desserts ended up being a sell out and got some great traffic towards TTF so it was definitely a win-win for everyone involved. This new tradition is something that I definitely want TTF to get into the habit of doing more often, and it just goes to show you that despite being constantly busy, you can still do more to help others if you just make the time. Even if all you have time for is to drop off a few cans at the food bank or just donate money, anything will help.
This will just be the first of many events that we participate but in the meantime, please visit the Second Harvest Food Bank’s main site if you want info on how to help.