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Baking a difference

EAST TAMPA – There were 20 dozen “Cupcakes That Care”: Red velvet, key lime, pineapple and banana.

Because of them, some elementary school children will have new uniforms this year.

S to C Edible Delights small business owner Shaqwana Reed recently staged a fundraiser, “Cupcakes That Care,” selling 18 of the 20 dozen at $15 for 12 as well as spaghetti dinners to help famlies in the River Oaks Apartments, across from Robles Elementary School.

Reed, 33, said, “I would see some of the kids (in the complex) and I would wonder what I could do to help them; I wanted something different as many places give out school supplies. I thought I could help with uniforms.”

The fundraiser, held Aug. 10 in the apartment building community room, raised about $400. Reed said she plans to assist a single mother who is going to school, and has three children attending Robles Elementary, across from the apartment complex.

Reed said she started the bakery business in February 2012, after getting a feeling that God was directing her to do so.

“I said, ‘But I don’t bake, but if God said it, I got to do it,’” she recalled.

She said she started experimenting with flavors and “the recipes just come to me.”

Family members help with the business and some friends donated ingredients and their time for the fundraiser.

Yolanda James, 33, who attended Gaither High School with Reed, put together the bakery boxes for the cupcakes.

James said she helped “because there is no worse feeling than a kid not being able to go to school prepared.”

For information about S to C Edible Delights, see www.facebook.com/S2C Delights or call (813) 704-0736.

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