The employees of Hansen Surfboards have been putting in extra hours—but it’s more than summertime uptick that’s got them busy.
They’ve spent the past several days baking cupcakes, muffins, cookies, cakes and all other things delightful for Saturday bake sale will help raise money to feed hungry children.
Proceeds from the event—which will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the store parking lot—will benefit Share Our Strength, a nonprofit working toward eradicating childhood hunger in the US by 2015.
The idea came about when Hansen Surfboards employee Patty Bolton, an avid baker, learned about the effort while watching TV one night.
“I was watching the Cooking Channel when I saw a special about the Share Our Strength and it said that one in five children in America struggle with hunger every day. I decided to take my love of baking and do something good for kids in need,” explained Bolton.
So she approached Josh Hansen, and soon, the whole staff was on board.
Already, Bolton and the Hansen Surfboards staff have raised slightly more than $600 for Share Our Strength, just $900 shy of the goal to raise $1,500.
Bolton said she hopes the event will help locals realize that this issue exists within the community, perhaps even on their streets.
“When I was just starting out, I lived in a little complex near the beach full of surfers and one single mom. Her little boy used to come to my apartment every day and ask if I had any food. I used to give him whatever I had,” Bolton said. “I look back on that now, and I realize how sad that was. That little guy was actually hungry. I want to do something about kids like that. I want to help.”
If you’d like to help, swing by Hansen Surfboards, 1105 S. Coast Highway, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information visit hansensurf.com.