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Service: Ten Bite-Size Alternatives to the Traditional Bake Sale

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This week, let's talk about ways to help others that involve making yummy things. We've talked before about helping others by feeding them, by nourishing them, even by cooking for them. Seems only right that we should devote this week to simple ways to serve that incorporate baking comfort foods. Women have been helping others through bake sales and the like for years; that's nothing new. Here are some suggestions for doing it a little differently:

Ten Bite-Size Alternatives to the Traditional Bake Sale

  1. Ask your favorite bakery what they do with their day-old cookies. If they tend to have a lot of leftovers, give them the phone number of your favorite children's charity to facilitate a donation of the cookies by the bakery to the charity. This makes a win-win-win situation for all: the bakery doesn't waste all those cookies, the children get cookies, and you get an easy opportunity to serve.
  2. Send some cookies or brownies to someone who needs a pick-me-up, in an Imperial Sugar Bake-It-Forward tin.
  3. Buy something at a Great American Bake Sale near you.
  4. Sign up to host a Great American Bake Sale.
  5. Call your nearest assisted living center, and see if they would be okay with you bringing a plate of cookies in for their residents.
  6. Use Facebook or Twitter to get a few friends to do a virtual/IRL "bake-off" with you, where you each make some sweet treats, take them to a neighbor or friend in need, and then "meet" together after to see how many people your positive actions affected.
  7. Offer a giveaway on your blog to the person who bakes the most yummy or unique things for others.
  8. Buy a special cupcake from the Sweet Tooth Fairy, to help prevent bullying.
  9. Bake some brownies and leave a couple on a coworker's desk, perhaps anonymously.
  10. Like five food blogs today.

How Will You Give to Others This Week?

  • Have you ever done any of these things? How did it go?
  • What other acts of service have inspired you?
  • How have others given to you this week and what difference has that made in your life?

How Else Can You Make a Difference This Season?

  • Commit to do one act of kindness/service based on the week’s challenge.
  • Leave a comment with ideas relating to the week’s challenge as well as your experience(s) performing it.
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