Our bake sales for Natural Disaster relief started with Austin Bakes for Japan where we couldn’t believe it when we raised $11,540. Next, after the wildfires in Bastrop we got together and raised $12,500. Then after the plant explosion in West Texas, and incredibly, we raised $18,251.92. The team behind the bake sales is really amazing at organizing and having simultaneous events all over town and having sponsors do donation matching and really just having an entire community come out to support humanitarian aid. It’s really sad that this time it’s for people in our own backyard who have been devastated by the October floods. I know I’ll never forget that picture of the horses being led through the water or the raging waters at Barton Springs. Overnight I got 12 inches in my backyard and all of the creeks around me were sweeping over the roads. Over four hundred of my neighbors lost their houses completely.
Is it weird that now whenever there is a disaster I start planning on what I can bake? Maybe it is, but I hope that you think this way too because we need lots of vegan bakers to participate. Actually, we always need vegans, sugar free people, gluten free, and nut free people to bring in their best treats because it is terrible turning people away. Think of the children! Plus, the next time someone tells you it’s wrong that you only care about animals you can say, “actually I recently donated to this huge effort for humanitarian aid right here in town”. The team always picks excellent charities and all the money for our Austin sale will go to Austin Disaster Relief Network a super local organization. This time I’ll be heading up the table at Sugar Circus with my bake sale buddy Nelly but there will be locations all over town where you can drop off baked goods or buy and donate.
If you’d like to lend a hand, please sign up here!
- Central: Foreign & Domestic
306 E. 53rd Street, 78751
- Downtown: Whole Foods Market Lamar
525 N. Lamar Boulevard, 78703
- East: Sugar Circus Bakery
2613 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702
- North: Make It Sweet
9070 Research Blvd #203, Austin, TX 78757
- South: Crema Bakery
9001 Brodie Lane, Suite B, 78748
We would also love your help spreading the word, here are some ways to help from the Austin Bakes site
- Tweet us with #AustinBakes to help us recruit bakers, buyers and volunteers.
- Share our link on Facebook, or like our Facebook page.
- Write a blog post about Austin Bakes.
- Tell your friends, family, and co-workers about the sale.
- Share this graphic on your blog posts and social media networks. Be sure to link it back to www.AustinBakes.com!
Visit our fundraising page on FirstGiving to make a donation to Austin Disaster Relief Network.
If you are thinking about what to bake check out some of my other posts here and here remember to list your ingredients and wrap things up. Here are some more tips on the Austin Bakes site. People love savory things! For the worldwide vegan bakesale I made these pretzel dogs and they were the first thing to sell out. And remember to come out and support the sale & tell all your friends and co-workers.