TAY Space Program Director Laura Taylor agrees, “Most of our young people come from family situations such as group homes and foster care where birthdays are not a focus. They grew up with no acknowledgement of their birthday, let alone a special celebration. This is truly an awesome program!”
McLelland added that she has nothing but praise for the bakers, saying, “The network of volunteer bakers is amazing. I can tell the volunteer bakers are truly delivering love through their creations."
Alison Bakewell, Director of Operations at Cake4Kids and a volunteer baker herself, explained why the Cake4Kids bakers love what they do: “When I bake these cakes, I get to do something special for someone else. There’s someone out there who thought their birthday was just another day, or worse, there are negative associations with their birthday. We can turn that around for them. It makes the biggest difference to us as bakers.”