Sunday, March 20, 2011

Inspired by Kids: Bake Sale for Japan

Last week, after talking to my kids about the recent tragedy in Japan, they decided they wanted to help.  I was a little reluctant and had the attitude that I would just donate money and that would be it.  But, they were determined.  No matter how many times I told them, I would donate money and we could help as a family, they put their foots down and said, No, we are going to raise money ourselves. 

They got together with their friends and decided on a bake sale for the following Sunday.  Saturday morning, they got together and made several signs to hang around our neighborhood.  Then they baked for hours creating cakes, breads, cookies, muffins, and chocolate covered pretzels (I even got in on the action and made some gluten free muffins and cookies).  The day of the bake sale they woke up early and very were excited.  The girls got together and baked more goodies, hung more signs, and waited patiently for bake sale time.

They spent 2 hours selling their goods and spreading the word that they wanted to help their fellow humans as well as Mother Earth.  In the end they raised $65.00 and learned a very important lesson. 

As a family we gathered around the computer this evening and looked at age appropriate images of what happened and is still happening to our brothers and sisters in Asia.  During this whole experience the kids have been very thoughtful and even shed a few tears for the tragedy that is going on.

We decided to continue with our fund raiser and hope to send a nice sized check to the American Red Cross on Friday March 26th.  Hip Mountain Mama will send a percentage of all sales this week to the Red Cross and as a family we will also donate some money.  We know that our portion will be a small amount towards the incredible damage that has occurred, but every little bit counts and if we all do our part, we can make a difference!

If you are interested in donating money to this cause, here is a blog post I wrote last weekend with links to 8 different organizations that are taking donations to help! 


  1. What sweet generous kids you have. You've taught them well.


  2. So very sweet...and such a powerful lesson too!