Hello SOTGC community,
Have you ever stopped to recognize the specialized skills you demonstrate on a daily basis? What is it that makes you unique from everyone else? How many times a day do people approach you for help, for your advice, to answer a question? I am willing to bet each of you possesses a talent unique enough that it could help create a movement if shared with someone else.
Recently, I learned of a woman that enjoys baking and had an idea on how to share her passion to help others. Her idea was to ensure that all children in her community at risk of not having a special cake on their birthday would receive a personalized cake. She saw a need, as simple as baking a cake, for children and knew the impact it would have on them. She realized that, yes, parents sometimes have to pick between purchasing a gallon of milk over ingredients to make a simple cake. Her passion and vision created a movement in one community, which partners with the schools, that is called Make a Cake for Kids. Since launching in August 2014, this group has created 51 birthday cakes, 42 volunteer bakers, 193 members on FaceBook, and is branching out to three other communities.
Parents of any child considered at risk can complete a form with details of the child’s favorite colors, animals, cartoon characters, or anything that will help personalize the cake. The bakers are given their assignments, and, as each special day approaches, they put their talent into action to create a special masterpiece. To protect the privacy of the child, the cake is delivered to the school or administration building for the parents to pick up in time for their child’s special day.
This is just one example of many ideas created from special talents each one of us possesses within. Every community has a unique need that is waiting for a visionary, such as you, to take hold and bring to life a movement that will be a positive change for others ‑ whether it is buying a few extra flats of flowers this spring and sharing them with an elderly neighbor, or taking your children to the local food pantry to help them stock shelves or pack bags for those that come to pick up their weekly allotment. There are also communities throughout the country that have been impacted by natural disasters and continue to rebuild 12, 36, even 48 months later.
Remember the great talents you have and know that you have the power to start a movement and can inspire change for the better.
What talents do you feel could be shared to give back? Please share your comments below and if you’re truly inspired, please share this post on Twitter, Pinterest or Facebook and spread the good deeds.
Learn more about the Make a Cake for Kids in Harrisonville, Mo., at: http://www.harrisonvilleschools.org/education/school/school.php?sectionid=1068