JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Every child deserves a birthday cake, don't you think?
The new Hero Baker group is inviting anyone to join and bake cakes for local children who wouldn't otherwise have a birthday cake.
To participate, just put your name in the Hero Box under "Be a Hero." You'll be contacted with information.
The group bakes cakes or throws birthday parties for a few children at a time. All the birthday parties are at supervised sites.
Participants aren't professional bakers. In fact groups of school kids, Girl Scouts or teenagers needing community service hours could join Hero Bakers. The project is open to anyone with a kind heart.
The recipients are homeless due to economics or domestic violence situations. They are part of Community Connections, a program affiliated with the United Way.
Baker Ann Hassle said the experience was incredible. The children she baked for were thrilled to have their own birthday cake.
The newest Hero Baker, Margie Cox, brought a sheet cake and party favors to the Community Connections location downtown.
Cox said years ago she was a single mom and barely had enough money to scrape together a mini-birthday celebration for her children. She used paper bags from a grocery store to make hats.
Margie said now she's able to give back.
She threw a birthday party for three little girls absolutely thrilled to have the attention. She and her son dressed up in elf outfits for the party which was over Christmas.
Hero Bakers is a new component of Hero Central, a joint project to connect people. First Coast News and United Way are partners in Hero Central.
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