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Causes: Gift Distribution, Human Services

Mission: Icing Smiles is a nonprofit organization that provides custom celebration cakes and other treats to families impacted by the critical illness of a child. We understand that the simple things, like a birthday cake, are luxuries to a family battling illness. Our goal is to create a custom cake for the ill child, or their sibling, that provides a temporary escape from worry and creates a positive memory during a difficult time. Memories have magical powers. Long after the cake is gone, the memories linger– memories of the kindness of a stranger, of the art of the design, of the sweet smells of a special treat, of the smiles and laughs, of a normal childhood experience so often stolen from these children. These memories are why we say, “It is so much more than a cake.”

Results: ICING SMILES by the NUMBERS: 21,725+ Cake Smiles delivered; 2,548+ Dozen Cookie Smiles delivered, 12,249+ Sugar Angels in the United States; 1,000+ Volunteer hours per week donated to create Smiles; 12+ Countries waiting to create Smiles; 80+ New cake requests per week; 30+ New volunteers per week. Please like us on Facebook and Instagram to see our results daily!

Target demographics: Families dealing with the critical illness of a child.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 2,500 families in need of a smile.

Geographic areas served: The United States.

Programs: Custom celebration cakes

Community Stories

221 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Charmagne P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer and donor for IcingSmiles.org that provide Birthday & Celebration cakes for kids with severe medical issues and their siblings. Sometimes it's a celebration of making it to their next birthday or the end of their chemo treatments, or another reason to give a smile. We give families happy moments to cherish with their little ones.

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IcingSmiles Thank you for being such a big supporter of Icing Smiles!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It’s been over a year I’ve been volunteering with Icing Smiles. The team is so compassionate and does their job so well. They are truly next to no other organisation I’ve worked with.

Christine D'Eri H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I received a call to action and it brightened my day to be able to give a sibling of a sick child their special cake. Having a child who is chronically ill has taught me that more often than not, their sibling(s) deserves a little limelight from time to time. Icing Smiles not only does that for the ill child but offers a cake for a sibling. I wish this organization was around when my child was ill. It is an invaluable organization that helps ease the monotony that goes along with health care issues in any form. I am proud to be called an Icing Angel and look forward to helping out when and where I can. As a parent, it is amazing to have people to turn to when you are exhausted, weary and need to come up with birthday cake ideas. A beautiful, no-cost to the parent cake, is a blessing. Icing Smiles volunteers are truly angels!

Tammy Borden L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such a great organization, bringing joy and sweet love to children who need something positive in their lives.
I have had the sweet blessing to provide 3 Icing Smile treats for 3 wonderful children. I am always ready when called to make another child happy.

Deborah Willis R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I do volunteer for cakes for them and I have worked behind the scenes scheduling. This organization goes up above and beyond for sick children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a baker and a coordinator icing smile’s I must say it is definitely one of the best non-profits for children I have ever had the privilege of being a part of.

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IcingSmiles 07/11/2018

Thank you for all you do!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This charity is such an amazing program. These families get the opportunity to celebrate and make magical memories in times that would otherwise them not allow to do so. This is a chance to pair bakers with families on behalf of these beautiful children and give them the cakes and magical cookies of their dreams! The love and care in this program is unparalleled to anything I’ve ever seen. ❤️

Marianne Fischer G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization that puts kids first! Thousands of happy kids because of Icing Smiles!

Judi McCrain D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing nonprofit that shares hope and love with children who are sick. Touching the hearts of those kids who are battling sickness. ❤️

Mariela P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity of being a sugar Angel recently and it was such a rewarding experience. I love being a sugar Angel. I hope I get do it again soon.

Khara P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love seeing the beautiful smiles on these kids faces when they get their dream cakes! It’s so very rewarding.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a cake baker/decorator for Icing Smiles since July 2019. So far I’ve made and delivered 5 cakes, to children with serious medical conditions, and their siblings. It’s a huge blessing for both the recipient and myself!

Debra G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never been more moved than when I am asked to bake a cake for an ill child in my community. It is rewarding to see the joy on the recipient's face, and usually tears on the face of the child's parents. I really love being a Sugar Angel!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Icing Smiles is such a an amazing organization to be part of. The leadership and volunteers give so much to make sure the children have a great celebration!

Stephanie F.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have loved baking for Icing Smiles. The cakes are always the most meaningful and my favorite to do. I know this organization brings joy to so many families and I’m so proud to be a volunteer Sugar Angel.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization that provides cakes for children with life threatening illnesses and their siblings at no cost. I love making cakes for this organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Icing Smiles for several years and it brings as much joy into my life as to the children for whom I make cakes. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing the happy smile of a child.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Icing Smiles organization has the entire family in mind, they don’t just serve the medical child they serve their siblings too. As a volunteer I’ve seen siblings wait patiently, be supportive, and forgiving while their siblings get treated. They’re truly the unsung hero’s; when’s cake is delivered, made especially for them, you see their spirits lift and pure joy spread across their faces. It’s their turn to be celebrated. Icing Smiles considers the entire family & brings a celebration for all causes. They’re truly baking a difference with cake.

Jenn Heatwole M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been honored to be apart of this organization. As a volunteer I have felt supported and celebrated for my contribution, but the absolute best part is just being able to serve and the smiles of those we serve.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been so blessed to be a small part of Icing Smiles the past seven years. The joy on the family’s face when you present their child’s cake is absolutely priceless. Bringing some normalcy to a family that is going through a challenging time is very rewarding. The administrative team at Icing Smiles is the best!

Phyllis M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Icing Smiles is an organization that is operated by volunteers. Their goal is to use custom created cakes and cookies to bring a moment of joy to families who have a critically ill child.

A cake is not just a cake! Remember back to your birthday.... the joy you felt. The excitement you had about the cake. The smile that it brought to your face. The celebration.

Icing Smiles is a about creating a smile and a great memory.

I have been lucky enough to be part of this wonderful organization for the last 4 years. It has been an emotional and heart warming experience. I am proud to be called a Sugar Angel and to be involved with Icing Smiles. We make a difference.

Jessica A.8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an incredible organization ICING SMILE is. Bringing cake enthusiasts together to provide selfless acts to children in their most trying times. There is nothing more satisfying then to be able to make a wish come true for these little warriors and their families. The smiles are without exception are priceless. Icing Smiles make it all possible, not to mention bringing cake and cookie artists together to share their passions. Both professional and hobbits benefit. I am proud to me a SUGAR ANGEL for this amazing organization. Standing ready for a call to action!!

Liesl B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

How could this not be amazing. It’s cake and happiness to those amongst us that need it the most. Families struggling to find a reason to smile! I’m so proud to volunteer bake for this organization.

Ella P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They have been influential in creating joy for young ones during this crazy COVID time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for this fabulous organization. They provide smiles to those most in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with Icing Smiles in 2018 and I have had a wonderful experience the entire time! It amazes me how organized and supportive this group is. I have always felt welcomed and appreciated, they sure have built a wonderful community.

Janet68

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Icing Smiles for 10 years. I cannot imagine a more rewarding experience. Any time you can make a child smile, it's huge, but giving a medically fragile child, or their sibling who sits on the sidelines supporting their brother or sister, a chance at a normal day of celebration is the best thing you can experience. The smiles and joy of the children and their families is beyond wonderful.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This Organization owns my heart. I have never encountered a better group of people doing remarkable work for critically ill children and their siblings. All the bakers and volunteers donate their time and the cakes to our children. It is amazing how something as seemingly simple as a cake can help these kids forget about all they are going through and have wonderful, sweet memories of their special day, and their special cake, designed especially for them. I've never felt so proud as to be so privileged to be part of such a worthy Organization and the best people in the world. Our founder has created more smiles and given happiness to so many people and for no other reason than to simply allow children the privilege of feeling like a regular kid. Thank you to Icing Smiles for some of the most wonderful memories I'll ever have. Our pay is better than any CEO; we get to give a child and their family some happiness and an Icing Smile.

Donor

Rating: 5

I donated to Icing Smiles and received acknowledgement then and I continue to receive updates on what they are doing. I receive both a general e-newsletter and a letter specifically for donors. This group works with an extremely passionate group of cake artists who volunteer their time to make some of the most incredible cakes I've ever seen. Their Facebook page is full of gratitude from families as well as bakers. You can tell it makes a difference with the families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the honor of being a Sugar Angel for 4 years and have had 5 calls to action. Being able to use my talents to create something fun and delicious for a family going through a horrible experience lets me help in some small way and hopefully gives them a little bit of brightness and normalcy in their life.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Icing Smiles is changing lives daily. I have received a cake in memory of my son who passed and the joy they bring during such troubling times is more than words can explain. I am forever grateful for this organization.

1 Ebony S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Icing Smiles is genuinely one of the most important non profits I've ever encountered..to give these children and their families a moment of smiles, of "normalcy" is critical when it comes to constant care and worry for a child. Every child deserves a reason, big or small to celebrate and I'm so happy to be a small part of it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a Sugar Angel for Icing Smiles has changed my life. To have the opportunity to meet these families and share their stories is a gift I never thought I'd get. There is nothing better than seeing a child's face light up with something as simple as cake. There is no better non profit out there.

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IcingSmiles 07/11/2018

Thank you for Baking a Difference!

1 Tania H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an awesome charity. I have been privileged to provide a couple of orders for some super deserving children and hope to be able to do more in the future. The staff is always attentive and great to work with.

1 Tess Amanda M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a baker volunteer for Icing Smiles and I can’t say enough positive things about this organization! The mission is spectacular, and the people and administrators involved are splendid to work with. The smile on families faces when you deliver your gift to them are the most rewarding of all.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization. I am a volunteer and donated a cake to a young boy battling cancer. The young boy was excited about his Paw Patrol cake. Will work with Icing smile again if giving the opportunity.

1 Lourdes M. T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son received a dream Toy Story cake for his birthday. He couldn't be more excited. His happines means everything to us. Wonderful people giving hope and smiles

1 Eureka_Cakes

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am honored to be one of the many volunteer bakers for this amazing organization. Icing Smiles is a fantastic non-profit that brings smiles to the faces of so many children and families.

1 Lori A.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been priveledged enough to make 5 cakes so far for Icing Smiles. Such a rewarding thing to be a part of. I looknforward to doing many more

2 DoryBluefish

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for Icing Smiles on the events team and social media. It is an amazing very well run organization that really knows how to utilize it's resources to support the mission. To some people it may seem like just a cake but to kids it means so much! My own children plan their birthday cakes all year and kids that we support who have critical illnesses do not even have time to think about a cake or the ability to eat regular cakes due to food restrictions. Our bakers know how to accommodate many food restrictions and allergies so that more kids are able to enjoy the magic that celebration cakes bring to them. Families have to endure so much because of a critical illness and they deserve to receive a smile every once in a while and Icing Smiles is there to make it happen.

2 BettyandEric N.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was able to help a little boy on his first birthday and I was honored to be able to make a family happy.

2 shelleydunville

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for Icing Smiles because what they're doing—donating custom cakes for critically ill children and their families—brings such joy to families during such a hard time. The Admin team is so kind, welcoming, and truly does this out of the goodness of their own hearts. I love hearing the families share their stories of how Icing Smiles impacted their lives and seeing the smiles on the kids' faces when they receive their cakes! You can see how much it means to them. Icing Smiles is a wonderful nonprofit!

1 Sammie M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with Icing Smiles and did my first fun cake 2 years ago. Since, I got involved on the admin side and absolutely love reading all of the inspiring stories that come out from bakers and families across the country. I also attended the annual Buttercream Ball fundraiser that allowed me to meet more of the kids we serve in person and see their smiling faces despite their hard times! Everyone is super easy to work with from a baker and admin side. Love Icing Smiles!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer baker for Icing Smiles and I absolutely love this organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love working with this agency. I know what I do directly affects children and families. I schedule cakes and donate cakes too. I love my job and the smiles on the faces of the kids so get a cake is priceless.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer and donor for Icing Smiles. It is a wonderful organization that makes medical children's (and their siblings) birthdays and celebrations extra special.

1 Rebecca A.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There aren't enough words to praise Icing Smiles. It is a truly selfless, giving organization. Run almost entirely by volunteers, the heart and soul of Icing Smiles is a living thing! To know that what they give helps families have a day of normal in an otherwise painful world is a true joy! I will always support and volunteer with then!

2 Nicole Mazzola K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m truly honored to be a part of such an incredible organization. Putting smiles on so many faces is absolutely incredible. :)

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IcingSmiles 07/11/2018

Thank you for helping us deliver smiles!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been honored to work with this amazing organization and have created 2 cakes for them. Their attention and dedication to the families of these children goes above and beyond! The planning and attention they give to these families is beyond anything I have seen ! They stride to make these children happy and feel special above all they are going through with their illnesses ! Including, the attention given to the siblings ! I am honored and proud to be an Icing Angel and work with such amazing people !

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IcingSmiles 07/11/2018

Thank you for being a Sugar Angel! We couldn't deliver smiles without amazing bakers like you!

1 Charmagne P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer and donor for IcingSmiles.org that provide Birthday & Celebration cakes for kids with severe medical issues and their siblings. Sometimes it's a celebration of making it to their next birthday or the end of their chemo treatments, or another reason to give a smile. We give families happy moments to cherish with their little ones.

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IcingSmiles 07/11/2018

Thank you for being such a big supporter of Icing Smiles!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am blessed to be a Sugar Angel and to be able to give a child and their family a smile even when it is hard for them to find a reason or the strength to smile.
IcingSmiles makes this possible everyday. They are well organized and ask for nothing in return except support to continue the program for others.

2 Lisa DiFranco P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I Love, Love, Love Icing Smiles!! I am a sugar angel that has had the great pleasure of putting big smiles on the faces of those children suffering from serious health issues! These children have been through so much during their treatments that they deserve a day to smile and celebrate life!

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IcingSmiles 07/11/2018

Thank you for Baking a Difference!

2 Stacey Day T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such an amazing organization! I've seen first hand the Incredible cakes that these dedicated volunteers make for the kids. What a blessing for families who are already struggling with the health of their child and all that comes along with it. Thank you Icing Smiles!!

2 Leslie P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a sugar angel and think this organization is amazing! Nothing more rewarding than delivering a beautiful cake to a child who needs something special to brighten up their day when they are going through a rough time! Great organization!

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IcingSmiles 07/11/2018

Thank you for delivering a smile!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We learned about this organization from Give Kids the Worl Village in Florida! Such a wonderful thing to do for a child’s special day... when you have a sick child- you already have so much to worry about, with icing smiles they give you one less thing to worry about on your child’s special day!
Thank you so much.... absolutely love your services and organization. Bless all the volunteer bakers too!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization!! To provide families of critically ill children with a special cake on their special day...a day that we may take for granted...may be another day of chemo for these families. Something as simple as a cake can bring the biggest smiles!! Way to go Icing Smiles!!

2 Sherry74

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love working along side Icing smiles. It’s such a joy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love being a sugar angel! Icing smiles is a great organization. And I'm proud to be a small part of it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a baker, and a parent of special-needs children, this organization has been close to my heart for years. To help a family have a day of 'normal' is a gift that goes beyond "just cake"!

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IcingSmiles 07/11/2018

Thank you for Baking a Difference!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Icing smiles is a terrible place to do business with!! How do u deny a mother a cake for her son that is no longer here?! You know her story and couldn’t bare her battle!!! You don’t know how much she has been threw these last few months losing a son to cancer at such a young age!!! You said it was your busiest time of year!! Then ask if you could do his birthday?!?!??!! Do u know what she is feeling right now?!?! I CANT BELIEVE HOW HEARTLESS YOU ARE!!!!!! You better hope you never have to b in this situation!!!!!!!!!!!!

2 Laurice Naomi P.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been so honored and blessed to be a sugar angel twice. I love what I do , creating sweet moments and smiles. When I heard about icing smiles I couldn't wait to sign up. Can't think of a better way to share my gift by creating smiles for these families and their ill children. It's a wonderful idea involving heart and pure giving. Icing Smiles and the volunteers that run do amazing things!

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IcingSmiles 07/11/2018

Thank you for being a Sugar Angel!

2 Misty C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am honored to be a Sugar Angel for Icing Smiles in Central California. Being involved with such a positive organization is amazing. Getting to see the children's faces when they receive their cake is an amazing experience and I eagerly look forward to each call to action.

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IcingSmiles 07/11/2018

Thank you for Baking a Difference!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have done a cake for Icing Smiles and raised a little money for them as well. This is a great organization and I was honored to help. Meeting people dealing with a sick child is humbling and this organization provides something for these kids to smile. Their birthdays aren't always what they should be and the family already has so much to deal with. A cake may seem like something small, but it is something that the child can look forward to and enjoy and one less thing the family has to worry about.

2 Linda437

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was honored to make a cake for a local child! There was nothing more satisfying, than making a family happy with something given out of love!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer, I was contacted to bake a cake. This is such a great way to make the less fortunate children smile with out the family having to go through any financial burden! Love this organization!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Icing Smiles is such an amazing organization! The amount of selfless people that volunteer their time to help children all across this country absolutely touches my heart. Everyone is so nice, generous and helpful. They each go above and beyond to make sure a child gets their special cake.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A few months ago I started volunteering with Icing Smiles and LOVE it. Every person I have had the pleasure of speaking with that is part of the Icing Smiles organization has been so sweet and helpful. I am proud to be apart of something so great.

2 Bianca I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is just amazing. Thousands of volunteers banding together to help children with medically critical illnesses and their siblings. Its so much more than cake!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Icing Smiles is a top notch organization. It's so much more than 'just cake'! Being able to bring a smile to a child and their family is a rewarding experience beyond anything I've ever encountered!

When I made my first Icing Smiles cake, I was SO excited! I poured my heart and soul into it. I was so moved by this little boy's story and I was proud to be able to give this gift to him. What I wasn't expecting was the fact that I got out of this gift far more than what I gave! This young boy inspired me with his strength, faith and positive attitude! Here he is fighting for his life against brain cancer, and yet he was SO happy, SO full of life, SO loving! It really puts your life into perspective!

These cakes that we make put a smile on the child's face. It impacts the family, the hospital staff, friends and other patients, too! We give them a brief moment where there is peace and happiness. The family doesn't have to stress over purchasing a cake, it's all taken care of! We truly help create memories that will last a lifetime!

I'm am blessed to be associated with Icing Smiles. What started as a simple gift of a cake has turned into a life-changing experience.

I'm proud to be a sugar angel, a state rep and the Volunteer Engagement & Appreciation Coordinator for Icing Smiles!

1 Pamela B.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Icing Smiles gave me the opportunity to give back in a way that not only uses my talent but so deeply touches the heart. I was humbled to make this Superman cake for the most courageous little boy I have ever met. Seeing the look on his face and getting the biggest hug gave me more satisfaction than any thing I have ever done. Giving him the opportunity to celebrate rather than fight for just one day, it really is SO much more than cake!

1 Yael T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was looking for to volunteer for a children's non profit, I stumbled onto Icing Smiles and thought it was a perfect fit for me, as I love to bake and wanted to make a difference to a child.
I became a Sugar Angel, and the joy on the child's face when they saw the cake I made for them made it even sweeter.
I also love that it includes siblings as well.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A talented group of compassionate people who are honored to bring a moment of joy.