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Icing Smiles

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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: 14,163+ Smiles delivered; 9,042+ 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

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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.