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Kara Sewell: Bake Me Home

(Photo: Kara Sewell, FOX19 NOW) (Photo: Kara Sewell, FOX19 NOW)
(Photo: Kara Sewell, FOX19 NOW) (Photo: Kara Sewell, FOX19 NOW)
(Photo: Kara Sewell, FOX19 NOW) (Photo: Kara Sewell, FOX19 NOW)
(Photo: Kara Sewell, FOX19 NOW) (Photo: Kara Sewell, FOX19 NOW)
(Photo: Kara Sewell, FOX19 NOW) (Photo: Kara Sewell, FOX19 NOW)
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I joined Junior League when I moved to Wichita to make friends and get involved in the community. As much as I thought I was going to be the one giving back, it is really me who has taken more away from the experience.

Between raising money for people with real needs, serving folks at the Lord’s Diner and endless leadership experience; the volunteering offered by Junior League and nonprofits like it gives a humbling perspective at how fortunate most of us are.

So when the decision to transfer my membership came up I did not hesitate to join Cincinnati’s chapter.

One of the reasons I love the league, it plugs you into the area right away. Clearly, with my job I get to be included because of the wide variety of people I come in contact but JL allows you to work with the types of families we sometimes report about on the news. 

Last week, I volunteered at the nonprofit Bake Me Home, it was started by a stay-at-home mom and her two elementary aged daughters seven years ago.

The concept is simple, helping moms and their kids at a homeless family shelter, food pantry, those in foster care and members of the military by
handing out cookies or cookie mix.

Who doesn’t like chocolate chip cookies? Through the help of thousands of volunteers today Bake Me Home provides these places with a bag full of everything you would need to make the most awesome cookies I have ever tasted. And I’m not just saying that to be nice.

Here’s the secret (it’s not really about the cookies) but the process making said cookies. It promotes time spent together, creates memories and working as a team for families in crisis. They also bake the cookies at their kitchen headquarters and take them to veterans around the Tri-State.

Let’s be honest, have you ever seen someone not smile when reaching for a cookie? It’s the little things.

Our JL transfer group filled dozens of jars with everything you need to make the cookies including vanilla powder, have you ever heard of such a thing? This way a family doesn’t have to buy vanilla extract.

Bake Me Home also includes a free coupon for butter and eggs as well as a baking sheet, mixing bowl, spoon, spatula and kid-friendly cookbook! I’m telling you they have thought of everything. We cleaned the kitchen, took out the trash and a quick picture then headed home with a new appreciation for chocolate chip cookies. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture that impacts someone’s life, Bake Me Home is making lives better by creating memories and teaching families how to spend time together to make them whole again.

Side note: you can also buy jars of Bake Me Home cookie mix (sans the butter and egg coupon) to give as gifts and every dollar with go back to
Bake Me Home so they can continue to expand their mission.

May I suggest volunteering with your family this holiday season; it will be the greatest gift you can give your neighborhood.

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