Friday, January 17, 2014

Cupcake Club supports the Firefighters

My last post started off as a recap of Lilah’s latest cupcake club meeting but as it turned into more of a stream of consciousness post, I chose to leave the cupcake club for another day.

Cupcake Club always makes for a memorable day.  It is not always an easy day for three families have to coordinate a time, usually on a Saturday, when older siblings are off on their activities, husbands are home and errands are plentiful.  There is travel involved too.  I drive about 15 min to pick up the girls whose parents each have to drive about 30 minutes to each other’s homes to coordinate drop off and pick ups.  There is much that goes on behind the scenes to make these days possible.  However, the energy expended is always matched by the energy generated by three young girls.  Usually I end the day with my energy level higher than when I started because I am just filled up with the love and generosity, kindness and friendship that these girls ooze.

I shared with them that there was a horrible fire in the town next to ours.  A building constructed in the late 1800’s went up in flames.  This building was part commercial and part residential.  30 individuals lost their homes.  I am not sure how many of these people were family member since news reports did not say how many apartments this building contained, only that several were sent to the hospital but thankfully no one lost their lives.  Instead they lost everything material.  I know we always say if we have our God and our family and our health we have everything which is true, but can you imagine that one moment you have a home and belongings and just a few minutes later you only have the clothes on your back?  I find that impossible to imagine, yet that is what these people are left with and now they must rebuild the pieces of their lives, one step at a time.

For all the negative news, for all the reports of crime and hate, this is news that should be shouted from the rooftops.  The community is rallying behind these people, giving them clothing, toiletries, coats, blankets, household items, food, gift cards and furniture.  The Shelton Firehouse has turned into a makeshift relief center, collecting, organizing and distributing the items directly to the people, but also to the local thrift shops and food banks.  This tragedy has affected the lives of 30 people, but through the incredible generosity of so many, it will reach out beyond the fire victims and touch the community and those within it who are in need.  

These girls decided to bake cake pop to thank the firefighters for taking on this enormous task.  They did not have to do this.  They could have passed the responsibility to the Red Cross, local faith based organizations, or just passed on the task altogether.  

In addition to the Chinese food container loaded with beautifully decorated little balls of vanilla cake, the girls gave a handmade thank you card and a gift card to a local grocery store.  It was their way of contributing to the efforts of these heroes.

This was one of those days that you just don’t want to end.  This was the kind of day that balances out the hard ones.  There was so much goodness packed into the hours that they were together that those around them could not help but be touched and affected by it.  They are very special girls indeed.


Phyllis said...

What a wonderful experience for these kids. Their warm hearts are so evident from the photos. I love the idea of the Cupcake Club. We had a fire in our neighborhood recently, only one house, but it was pretty bad just the same...see it at the bottom of this post...

Karen said...

"This is the kind of day that balances out the hard ones" I love that. I always love reading and seeing what Lilah and her Cupcake Club is doing. They are such kind and amazing girls. I never had the chance to do things like this when I was their age!! Lovely post and lovely day.

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