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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

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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.

3 Rebecca181

Donor

Rating: 5

So honored to have been called to action 4 times so far for this amazing organization. The reactions from these kids when they see their cakes makes my heart smile!!

2 Marta E.

Donor

Rating: 5

A fantastic non profit with a heart and smile in all the right places. I am honored to be part of something with such great purpose and impact.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

It is very nice to help people when you can it feels like for once you are doing something great full in life

2 Jeff130

Donor

Rating: 5

Truly great work that brings joy to many kids who could use the extra love.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have worked with this charity several times in the past and they are just amazing! Incredible people providing incredible experiences to children with critical illnesses and their families.

Shaleen G.

Donor

Rating: 5

one of the best organizations i could ever get involved with on makeing children smile

Lois27

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been the Kansas State sponsor for Icing Smiles for the last 4 years. I will continue to sponsor Icing Smiles as long as I live and then my son will carry on the sponsorship. We do this in honor of my husband who dearly loved kids and thought they should all be have the best cakes to celebrate a special event.

Mitchie C.

Donor

Rating: 5

The compassion this organization has is inspiration for all of us. I especially love when the Sugar Angels and followers come together to ensure a "cake emergency" is covered. Icing Smiles will always have a place in my heart.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I recently attended the Icing Smiles Buttercream Ball in Miami, FL and not only did I have an amazing time, I also learned a lot about how to help an amazing organization. Icing Smiles is a god send for those with a child in need. I would encourage everyone to donate, volunteer or just pass on what Icing Smiles is to help those in need.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of donating 4 cakes and several dozen decorated sugar cookies through icing smiles. The reactions and gratitude from the families are immeasurable! It truly makes me proud to be a part of such a great org

1 DeAnn E.

Donor

Rating: 5

We had the great pleasure of creating and delivering a cake to Hunter, who was celebrating his first birthday. Hunter's first year of life has been overwhelming at times, but his family welcomed us into their lives with open arms. This was such an emotional and amazing experience for us. Icing Smiles works hard to connect these wonderful families with people who want to give them sunshine through cake. We are so happy to be called Sugar Angels.

1 Rosemary7

Donor

Rating: 5

I joined Icing Smiles last spring and was excited to be called to make a sewing themed cake for a lovely young cowgirl's 8th birthday clelbration this past Sunday. As a seamstress with 40 years experience this was a cake near and dear to my heart. I had so much fun creating a sewing machine, spools of thread, measuring tapes, buttons. But my favorite thing was a pin cushion with tiny pins and needles, all made of sugar!

Rosemary Galpin
Master Sugar Artist
Luling, Texas

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Donor

Rating: 5

I started my cake business in 2010, it was 2011 when I found this AWESOME organization! I knew immediately that I wanted to be a part of it. I have done 2 cakes, currently working on my 3rd donated cake. There is nothing like seeing these children SMILE when they see their cake, nothing brings me more joy than that! The world is truly a better place because of ICING SMILES! I am an Iowa baker! I have 5 children, that are all healthy, so icing smiles hits my heart when i read these childrens stories, how could you not want to help?