Archive for Wednesday, April 27, 2011

10-year-old twins selling Mother’s Day cupcakes online for charity

Money will help children in Africa

Liliana and Ella Keathley-Helms, 10, are selling cupcakes online at for Mother's Day. All the proceeds they earn will go to Amazima Ministries, which helps children in Uganda.

April 27, 2011


Liliana and Ella Keathley-Helms decorate cupcakes similar to ones they'll later sell for charity. The twins are holding an online bake sale for Mother's Day to raise money for children in Uganda.

Liliana and Ella Keathley-Helms decorate cupcakes similar to ones they'll later sell for charity. The twins are holding an online bake sale for Mother's Day to raise money for children in Uganda.

To order cupcakes

Email your order to by Tuesday.

Choose what you want. There’s a six-cupcake minimum, but the girls can make any number more than that. Flavors available are vanilla or chocolate, with vanilla frosting.

Each cupcake costs $2, so the minimum order is $12.

Tell them if you want delivery or pickup. The girls will deliver cupcakes anywhere in Lawrence on May 5 or May 6 for a $3 fee. Pickup at their house is free.

Mail your check, payable to Cupcakes for Kiddos, to P.O. Box 442315, Lawrence, KS 66044. Cash is accepted too. All payments must be received by May 4 for the order to be completed. Those wishing to pay online by PayPal can ask for instructions in the email.

For those who don’t live in Lawrence, the girls are also accepting donations.

The girls will also sell single cupcakes from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Mother’s Day, May 8, at Hy-Vee, 4000 W. Sixth St.

Ella and Liliana Keathley-Helms are grateful to live in a nice house with a great family and wonderful mother. So this Mother’s Day, they’re trying to help children — children they’ve never met, halfway around the world.

Ella and Liliana, 10, established Cupcakes for Kiddos, a nonprofit organization where the twins bake cupcakes for a good cause. This Mother’s Day, they’re holding a bake sale online to raise money for Amazima Ministries in Uganda. They will bake cupcakes and deliver them to Lawrence residents wanting to give their moms a sweet treat, or anyone who wants to help the children.

“We believe that a little thing can make a big difference,” Ella said.

Ella and Liliana have been helping family members bake since they were toddlers, including baking pies in their grandmothers' kitchens. Their mother, Tasha, bakes custom cakes for the kids’ birthdays, but also supplied the connection to Africa.

Tasha traveled to Africa while in school and teaches intro classes about the continent at Kansas University. The girls heard the motherhood story of Katie, an 18-year-old from Tennessee who moved to Uganda, adopted several children and then started Amazima Ministries.

“When she went there, a little girl asked her, ‘Could I call you mommy?’” Liliana said.

The girls knew they wanted to help those children, who often can’t attend the expensive schools or even eat regular meals. For each cupcake the twins sell, the money will provide 13 meals for Ugandan children.

“Some of them don’t even have enough food or clean water,” Ella said. “We’re just helping other kids get what we can get.”

The fundraiser hasn’t been easy to organize, though. Neither the girls’ school nor church allowed them to hold the bake sale, so the girls turned to the Internet. With their mother’s help, they started

Tasha said the sale was a good lesson in determination for the girls, but it was also about helping others. Both she and her husband, Derek, grew up with charitable parents who taught them to help others.

“We want our children to know we can’t afford not to give,” she said.


domino 7 years, 1 month ago

Way to go girls! I guess I can see a school not allowing them to hold their bake sale there, but for their church to refuse - WOW!! Not a real good lesson from the church in being Christ-like! Sounds like someone is forgetting The Great Commandment and The Great Commission.

May Soo 7 years, 1 month ago

Gee, I was thinking about the same thing, why wouldn't a church allow them to hold a bake sale.

Frightwig 7 years, 1 month ago

Maybe the church felt that a house of worship was an inappropriate place to run a bakery. See Matthew 21:12. That's just my guess. I'm not familiar with the girls or the church. Why would the school refuse? Schools have bake sales all the time. Good for the girls though. They're probably getting more publicity this way anyway, which will help their cause.

stephenj 7 years, 1 month ago

Danny, come and play with us. heh heh

ddayot 7 years, 1 month ago

Remember them from "The Great Outdoors". Great movie.

begin60 7 years, 1 month ago

I'm sorry but do these young women actually need a uniform to bake cupcakes in--what stagy t-shirts. I'm skeptical this is the way to teach kids generosity. It makes caring and being "nice" a sort of personal drama we put on for others to get ego strokes instead of doing things genuinely from the heart--the kind of "beyond the MLK dream"( for "dream" read equality and treating everyone the same) that people from this part of the country pride themselves on--so proud to ignorant and white and unconscious of your own bogus attitude of privilege and the neediness and demands for gratitude you project on people way more aware, capable, and smart than you.

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