Baking to help those in need

Diana Yeager/NNSL photo Daide Colemen, 8, prepares muffins ahead of a Feb. 14 bake sale to raise money for the Soup Kitchen.

Diana Yeager/NNSL photo
Daide Colemen, 8, prepares muffins ahead of a Feb. 14 bake sale to raise money for the Soup Kitchen.

A girl is taking her community service seriously after a recent trip to the Soup Kitchen.

Eight-year-old Daide Coleman and the rest of her Brownie group visited the Soup Kitchen to collect their community badges. But for Coleman the badge was not enough. Coleman has since been busy planning a bake sale to raise money to donate to the Soup Kitchen which since 1996 has offered a warm place for people to drop in and get a hot meal or snack. It also provides hampers of food to families.

“It seemed like a lot of work to feed so many people so I wanted to make money for them so they can buy more food,” said Coleman.

Coleman and her mother Shawna spent the past weekend baking cupcakes to get ready for a bake sale Feb. 14 at the Don Stewart Recreation Centre. She also received some baking from her grandmother in Fort Smith, as well as some monetary and baking donations from friends.

Her goal was to raise $200 for the Soup Kitchen.

“I want to raise enough money for the Soup Kitchen to feed 50 people,” she said prior to the sale. “They seem really busy in there.”

Coleman planned her bake sale to be at the same time as the women’s hockey tournament in the recreation centre so she would be sure to have a crowd. She plans to bring the money right to Laura Rose at the Soup Kitchen after her sale.

“I don’t think she knows I’m doing this,” said Coleman.

In the end, she raised $356.75.

Coleman’s mother Shawna helped baked the cupcakes but said Coleman did the decorating herself.

“I’m very proud of her,” she said. “This was all totally her idea. She has such a big heart at such a young age.”

Coleman said her trip to the Soup Kitchen made her aware of how much a person can help those in need.

“I hadn’t met anyone like that yet,” she said. “But if they have no home, they could stay here or we could find them some food.”

— Diana Yeager