Sweets Did It: $350 raised for hurricane relief effort

It all happened out of my tiny Bed Stuy kitchen, with the love, support and sweet tooths (sweet teeth?) of so many awesome friends and family! Two apple pies, two pumpkin pies, two flourless chocolate cakes, 45 salted fudge brownies, and 96 dark chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies. My kitchen aid stand mixer got a real workout, my roommate was a saint for letting me take over, and my heart is full of gratitude for y’all.

Together we raised $350 (technically $346.25, but I like round numbers) for Occupy Sandy! I’m getting in touch with them now about whether they’d rather have cash or supplies (for the later I’d use the funds to hit up their Needed Supplies gift registry). This was the kind of awesome project that endlessly proves how good people are: a rad stranger from North Carolina who saw a tweet about Sweets Relief made a donation for groceries, as did the amazing Alison Mazer (who also recommended the album Sweet Relief for baking accompaniment). My aunt from Arizona, who saw this on Facebook, sent cash. Friends of friends ordered cookies and brownies. Co-workers, cousins, and poets alike all put in orders and came out to Brooklyn to pick ’em up. Nothing made me happier than to be able to fill my apartment with good smells, good people and good deeds.

Special shout out to Diane the Fedex Fairy, and the most awesome-roommate-who-ever-lived, Jeanette Bonner, for letting me use every bowl, cooling rack, baking sheet, and square inch of space for three days straight. …I’d promise I’ll never do it again, but why make promises you don’t wanna keep?

Big love and big thanks, everyone! I hope the sweets were delicious.


c aka Sweets Gillette

Published by universalchampion

writer/teacher/lover of milkshakes. queer social countess. rock camp for girls enthusiast. brooklynite + bicyclist.

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