A new volunteer group in Winnipeg is operating under the belief that a child deserves cake on their birthday.
Christy Rogowski and Wendy Singleton founded Cakes for Kids, a group which connects home-based volunteer bakers with families who need birthday cakes. They partner with other community organizations, like the Elmwood Parent Child Coalition, the North End Family Centre, and Winnipeg Child and Family Services. These organizations submit requests, and Cakes for Kids takes it from there.
Rogowski says they just started up two weeks ago and their first cake is going out September 12th. A post on their Facebook page today says they're up to 79 volunteers (up from 37 at the beginning of the week) and are ready to provide 438 Winnipeg children with cakes this year.
Rogowski says they feel fortunate to be in the position to do this.
"You know, you grow up, and you have a birthday party and your family sings to you, and you assume that there will be a cake with candles to blow out (but) that's not the case all the time; it's a luxury to have that. So we feel very fortunate and part of the community to be able to do that."
Rogowski says she's been a cake decorator for about 10 years, but volunteers don't have to be professionals.
"We're looking for bakers of all skill levels. We kind of say 'from sprinkles to fondant' we welcome a variety of bakers. So if you're proud to serve it at your family birthday party we would certainly welcome you to join the team."
Cakes for Kids can be found on Facebook or at cakesforkidswinnipeg.com; they're also on Instagram and GoFundMe.