People walking through the mall are startled when I greet them with a cheerful hello. First, they are not used to anyone saying hello or to there being anyone in the Community activity room. Some respond with a nod or a hello and others come over and see what is happening. Tables are covered with baking and craft items. Since the theme for the bake sale is Valentine’s, they see pink rice crispy squares, shortbread to decorate, cupcakes with pink sparkles, jujubes and marshmallows in skewers, valentine gift packs in coffee mugs, cinnamon hearts and book marks in the shape of hearts.
Popular items were the gooey caramel squares, mix and match packages of cookies and brownies. One woman said my boyfriend will be really happy with the banana bread and oatmeal raisin cookies. What was the occasion for us to set up in the mall? A fun time and a fundraiser. The beneficiaries of the $400.00 dollars raised are the Inn of the Good Shepherd – a local charity and an international need, a building project of a church in the Dominican Republic.
We had a lot of fun chatting with people who walked by, who stopped to buy banana bread or a blueberry coffee cake or Salvadorian cake. One member of the team stood in the mall offering candies to people while another took samples of the baking to the end of the mall and offered samples, encouraging people to drop by the sale.