I have always been the type to bake up a batch of cookies or brownies, pack them into an empty shoe box or oatmeal canister, and ship them off to friends in the place of actual material gifts. I've made these tins of treats for many reasons--for love, for gratitude, to assuage guilt, to apologize. But my friend Emily has made a business out of baking and sending tins of treats for charity, and I think this just might be the best reason of all.
In September 2009, Emily started Baking For Good a gifting site for sweet treats that donates 15% of every purchase to a cause of the customer's choosing. Today, the site has over a hundred nonprofit and community organizations to donate to when you order, and their list of baked goods is growing as well.
So we ladies of Big Girls, Small Kitchen are really excited to be collaborating with Baking For Good in support of The Valerie Fund, an organization in the tri-state area that provides comprehensive health care for children with cancer and blood disorders. Beginning today--and going on through Mother's Day--BGSK Peanut M&M Blondies are available on the site as part of a blog-wide Virtual Bake Sale. I recently got involved with The Valerie Fund, and I've been really impressed and touched by the organization's mission, and its commitment to social services that treat both patients and parents during the duration of their child's illness. For the sale, Emily has generously offered to donate an extra 5% of each BGSK Blondie purchase to The Valerie Fund.
I know it's not often we can convince a bunch of savvy bakers like many of our readers to put down the spatula and, instead, purchase a bag of blondies. But we've been lucky enough to be joined by some awesome bloggers who are helping us spread the word about the Mother's Day Virtual Bake Sale for Pediatric Cancer. (Over the next few weeks, checkout our sidebar for our list of supporters.)
We would be honored if you would purchase the BGSK Blondie this Mother's Day and help fight pediatric cancer. As goes Emily's motto, a little sugar really does go a long way.
--Phoebe Lapine of Big Girls, Small Kitchen