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Carriage House Bakery fundraises for frontline workers

April 9, 2020   ·   0 Comments

By Sam Odrowski
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

At a time when most businesses are slowing down, due to COVID-19, Carriage House Bakery is working around the clock to support frontline workers in New Tecumseth.

The bakery started a community campaign late last month where a portion of sales from cookies, cupcakes, cakes, and award-winning butter tarts are donated to Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH) and other organizations with frontline staff.

The campaign is divided into three sections: cookie sales support the local hospital, cupcake and cake sales support Community Living and My Sister’s Place, and butter tart sales support the local food banks.

“Customers really like the creative cookies, cupcakes and cakes we have added to our product list with quarantine themes to them, especially the Toilet Paper Tuxedo Cakes,” said Greg Young, Carriage House Bakery manager.

“We have had a great response via social media and we hope that as information spreads, we will be able to continue to serve our community and our frontline workers”

The bakery’s efforts to support frontline workers began early in March when the bakery began dropping off treats to SMH, but as conditions surrounding the novel coronavirus progressed, they were asked to switch to donations only.

Following this, the community campaign was launched and has since received overwhelming support, according to Greg.

“It is not about making a big “profit” at this time, but more about paying the bills, keeping people employed and giving back to the biggest and most urgent needs in our community,” he explained.

“It is to support our families, friends and community members who are working diligently to house, care for and help heal many at this time.”

Greg’s wife, Frances Young, who helped organize the community fundraiser, said it’s important to also support the critical services that frontline workers provide, outside of healthcare.

“A lot of agencies like the women’s shelter in town have frontline workers that have to show up everyday,” she noted.

“People’s lives depend on them too, because these are people who without the roof over their head, really cannot take care of themselves.”

France said a couple weeks ago Councillor Michael Beattie, who also works for Community Living Association South Simcoe, delivered donations of unsold food to their residential homes in Alliston.

This past weekend, Carriage House Bakery donated their unsold goodies to My Sister’s Place.

Meanwhile, the bakery offers curbside pickup and has also enacted social distancing measures inside of the business as well as only allowing a maximum of two bakers inside at one time.

Frances said as long as the bakery can stay open and keep everyone employed they will continue forward with the fundraiser.

Anyone who is interested in placing an order to support the local hospital or organizations with frontline staff can contact the bakery at 705-500-4505.

Greg said the treats are a great way to “sweeten” someone’s day.

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