Whitney Rutz, from Portland, Oregon, is a wife, a mother, a friend, and sister, and like so many others was worried about what is going on in the world. She just wanted to do something about it; if only for the sense of having done ANYTHING.
Like many others, during this pandemic, the thing she found to do was baking. She started baking Cinnamon rolls. She found that it not only cheered her up, it also cheered up others.
She started doing fundraising with her cinnamon rolls; at first, she was auctioning off the rolls, and her very first went for $300. Since then things have become a bit bigger – Rutz’s rolls have raised more than $35,000 for the Oregon Food Bank, enough for more than 105,000 meals. In fact it became such a big thing that the Food Bank set up a fundraising page for the rolls!
But Whitney got a little help and now bakes a giant roll, 12″ or one foot across, for every $500 raised and that one has a special purpose. The highest contributor of the day decides where the roll goes. And thanks to a friend who made a suggestion early on; most of them end up with health care workers.
Jackie Enriquez, a nurse, recently took two rolls to emergency room nurses to surprise them after a particularly rough shift. “It just made their day. They cried,” she said. Her voice cracked with emotion. “I think that they felt, like, really moved and that people are still out there cheering them on.”
It is not a complicated act, and it didn’t come about because of some grand understanding. It was just one woman who needed something to do. And what she found she could do could help others in so many ways. It’s your Good News Story of the Day and you can find it here.
But if you are feeling the need to “do something” then take a lesson from Whitney Rutz. “If I didn’t have this to focus on … I don’t know the state I would be in right now emotionally,” Rutz said on a recent weekend when she woke up before 6 a.m. and spent most of her day in the kitchen kneading, slicing and rolling dough and spreading the filling. “We’re all scared and hunkered down and worried about our health and the health of our loved ones and some of us have lost our jobs and hunger is spiking through the roof,” she said. “Trying to tackle this sort of massive, enormous situation by baking giant cinnamon rolls just makes you smile.”
Find whatever it is you can do that can make you smile. And if it happens to benefit others; all the better.
Story and Image from the Associated Press.