Icing Smiles

My Facebook and Twitter followers have probably already heard about the charity Icing Smiles, but I want to dedicate a little more space to it than 140 characters can provide.

I love the idea of making cakes for charity. For years, I've thought about ways that I could incorporate my love of baking with my desire to help other people. And providing critically ill children with beautiful and spectacular cakes is a brilliant idea for bakers to donate their time and talents. You can read about why Tracey Quisenberry founded Icing Smiles on her website. It's really an inspiring story.

I'm not currently signed up to donate cakes through their service right now, because I'm so busy with school and everything. I want to be able to devote all my energy to it, and I just can't afford to do that right now (and I certainly don't want to make a rushed-for-time subpar cake when someone else is able to make something amazing). But I'm keeping them in the back of my mind and in my prayers, and just the other day, I saw on another blog that Icing Smiles is in the running for a $25,000 grant. If you go to this website and vote for them, it brings them one step closer to winning (Or you can just click on the widget at the bottom of this post & on the side of my blog). And that money is going to be used to expand and bring more cakes and more smiles to kids and their families who need them most.

So if you're looking to help out a worthy cause, and can spare a few seconds of your day, please help Icing Smiles!