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Sweet success
Trio of 10-year-olds take time to donate to the community

Danielle Sachs
Northern News Services
Published Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Three Grade 5 students gave up a Sunday afternoon of baking to help the Inuvik Food Bank.

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Twin sisters Shalayah and Lekeisha Raymond, 10, went door-to-door with Olivia Sidney on Nov. 11 selling cupcakes, with more than half the proceeds going to the Inuvik Food Bank. - Danielle Sachs/NNSL photo

Olivia Sidney and twin sisters Shalayah and Lekeisha Raymond spent Nov. 11 baking batch after batch of cupcakes before decorating them with icing and sprinkles.

The girls, all 10-years-old, then sold the cupcakes door-to-door, trying to raise money for the Inuvik Food Bank.

"I had no idea what they were up to," said Katherine, mother of the twins.

"My dad came in laughing and he said the girls were out selling cupcakes, it was all their idea. I wanted to make sure people knew the money was actually going to the food bank."

The sprinkled cupcakes were $2 and in total the trio raised $55.75, with more than half of that going to the food bank.

"We kept having to go inside and get more cupcakes," said Shalayah.

Replenishing their supplies wasn't the only reason the trio had to keep ducking back inside.

"It was really cold out," said Olivia.

"We had to go in and warm up, just walking wasn't enough."

Although so far it has been a one-time deal, raising money for the food bank is something at least one of the girls would consider doing again.

"It'd be good, we want to do more baking," said Shalayah.

"We got to help some of the people," added her sister Lekeisha.

What the three girls decided to do shows that there are thoughtful youth in the community, said Val Robertson.

"Sometimes you hear bad news all the time but these girls deserve recognition for the good thing they did."

Lekeisha, Shalayah and Olivia are encouraging their peers to try and think of small ways they can help the community too.

"It was fun, it didn't take a lot of time," said Olivia.

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