NEW YORK (CBS 2) — If you’re searching for a sweet dessert for your holiday meal, there are some young bakers in New York City who are cooking up a storm in the name of charity.
The Sweet Things Bake Shop is run by the Lower Eastside Girls Club. The shop’s young ladies make whoopie pies, pumpkin pies and apple pies.
“I’m peeling them with my bare hands, I’m up to like number 50, [and] I have like two more boxes to go, but it’s pushing me because we’re helping other people,” Sierra Williams said.
Those “other people” are the kids from the charity “Added Value,” which runs two local farms. Last month’s hail storm wiped out their crops in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
“We lost about $10,000 in crops, equipment, and then labor to replace what we could and to clean up from the damage,” Ian Marvy, of Added Value, said.
The Girls Club wanted to help, so they’re baking holiday pies to raise money for their fellow charity. All the ingredients are organic and grown locally, and each pie takes hours to prepare.
They take so long because they’re made from scratch – every decoration is made by hand, from the ridges in the crust to the little leaves around the edges. The ladies are hoping that paying it forward will inspire others this holiday season.
“Hopefully as I’m doing this, other people will pick up what we’re doing and will begin to start helping others,” Williams said.
The word has been spreading about the yummy treats at Sweet Things and the orders are pouring in, which means the young ladies will be backing through Monday – but it is a true labor of love.
The Sweet Things Bake Shop is located on Avenue C on the Lower East Side, and they’re taking pie orders through Monday. For more information, go to http://girlsclub.org/store.
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