In a time when the world can feel more disconnected than ever, one community has come together for a very important cause.
Residents of Burlington, Massachusetts, collaborated in the month of May to run a virtual bake sale, with all proceeds benefiting the American India Foundation. Spearheaded by Jessica Lin in coordination with the Burlington Equity Coalition, the bake sale attracted 15 bakers of all ages who donated time, ingredients, and skills. Donors were able to purchase either a cake box, made up of treats like Audhavo and Mazarin Tart, or a cookie box with goodies such as Australian Anzac biscuits and chocolate crinkle cookies.
Orders were placed ahead of time and picked up at the Town Common, where tireless community members Jessica Lin, Nancy Bonassera, Patricia O’Brien, Christine Shruhan, Joanne Frustaci worked to put together boxes, collect donations, and make sure all baked goods went to good use. While donations are still coming in, to date the bake sale has raised more than $5,000 to support the effort to combat COVID-19 in India, where the virus has taken nearly 350,000 lives.
Inspired by the fundraiser, a group of local children ages 5-10 took the effort one step further. During the week of the bake sale, the children created, marketed and ran a snack shack that sold snacks and homemade iced tea. The mini philanthropists raised more than $500, adding to the aid raised by the bake sale for the AIF. The success of the snack shack has inspired these children that they can make an impact and they will continue to raise money for others in the future.
Know more about AIF COVID19 Response and the impact on 1.3 million beneficiaries across India here