Baking for charity

She stays up all night to bake macaroons. She spends countless hours perfecting the shape and texture. She experiments with different baking techniques in order to produce the best quality possible for her customers. Senior Alexandria Yu is willing to do all this to fundraise money for the those in need.

Yu’s passion for baking inspired her to create a macaroon fundraiser with Interact, Key and National Honor Society (NHS) clubs for her International Baccalaureate Creativity, Activity, Service project. All proceeds that Yu receives from the fundraiser will be donated to World Vision, a global humanitarian organization that helps families (by sending farm animals and creating better water filtration systems) in developing countries.

“After learning more about [developing countries] in my Spanish class and the quality of life in these areas, I decided that I wanted to be able to initiate action so I came up with this fundraiser,” Yu said. “I know [that] with this money, I will be able to give it to a good cause and do something that I’ve always wanted to do but haven’t really had the opportunity to [until now].”

To meet the high demand of macaroons, Yu stayed up all night the day before distribution to bake them. Her dad assisted her by matching the size of the macaroon shells to each other, filling the macaroons and packaging them.

“My dad helped a lot, and if he didn’t help me, I don’t think I would have been able to finish,” Yu said. “By collaborating with [the clubs] and planning together, we got a lot closer, and there’s more interest from other people in the clubs. I feel like if I didn’t work with the clubs, then it would be a lot harder to sell as many macaroons as I was able to.”

In total, Yu sold approximately 800 macaroons. She attributes her success to her collaboration with multiple clubs. Interact and Key Club presidents, seniors Tiffany Han and Catherine Cao, respectively, helped Yu promote the fundraiser within their clubs through social media. Senior Fitty Liu, president of NHS, contributed by extending the fundraiser to Diamond Bar NHS, which boosted sales.

“I feel proud, and I’m also proud of everyone who worked together with me and to the people who bought the cookies. I feel like this is a pathway to maybe doing something even greater later on in life,” Yu said. “Through this fundraiser, I was able to broaden my views on the world and also get a sense of achievement because I was able to do something that I never thought I would have been able to do.”

By Raymond Dunn, Arts editor
Photo by Jessica Dixon

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