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Ossining Girl's Bake Sale Earnings to Fight Hunger

OSSINING, N.Y. – Ossining resident Caroline Reed knows people are hungry in other countries and she’s doing all she can to help.

The 9-year-old asked her mom and friends to help her organize a bake sale in front of local stores and donate the earnings to charitable organizations working to fight hunger in third-world countries. Caroline did all of the planning and most of the baking herself. She also took charge in asking permission to host the sale in front of Choice Pets and Stop & Shop in Ossining’s Arcadian Shopping Center.

“I was looking at a magazine and it said there were websites where you could donate to hungry people in Africa,” Caroline said. “And I realized people were really hungry and I wanted to help.”

Caroline’s mother, Kate Blough, said she was happy to help her daughter organize the sale.

“She told me she wanted to sell items we baked and that she didn’t want to just beg for charity,” Blough said. “She’s always looking out for other people so I can’t say I was really surprised. But it was really great that she wanted to do this so I had to help.”

Choice Pets Owner Ron Garvin said he was also happy to help.

“I don’t mind helping any local kids who want to do something for a good cause,” Garvin said. “It was really nice that they wanted to help people who were hungry so of course I told them they could come out here.”

Blough said Caroline and her friends Katie Stone, 9, and Kira Stone, 6, raised a total of $131 in two days. The money is set to feed people in Africa through The Clinton Foundation.

“They did such a nice job with it,” Blough said. “They were cold and the weather wasn’t great so there weren’t that many people, but they wanted to stay out and try to raise more money.”

Caroline said she didn’t mind the cold weather or all of the hours it took in organizing the sale and making the baked goods. She was also quick to mention her favorite part about the whole thing.

“It was sending the money,” Caroline said. “That part felt really good because I know it’s going to help people.”

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