Donna Florio cordially invites you to participate in The Pound Cake Project, whose mission is to deliver random acts of sweetness to those in need following the hurricanes. Florio writes:
I heard a Red Cross commentator on NPR explain that institutional food and warm water get pretty boring after a few days. When he scrounged some sweet roles for the folks on his route, they were delighted. Imagine the enjoyment a little home made pound cake would bring.
Here's what I'm doing, and hope you will join in. I'm baking petite pound cakes, 3.5" x 5.5"--you can get the disposable tins at the supermarket. Your favorite pound recipe will make 8 to 9 small cakes that take only 30 to 45 minutes to bake. I'm wrapping the cooled cakes in plastic wrap with a ribbon or raffia tie, putting them in zip top bags, and freezing them till I can collect enough to make a shipment. I've got friends who are doing the same here. I think it would be nice to add labels saying something like, "made with love by Donna in Birmingham."
I hope to deliver some cakes personally, but here are ideas where you can send them: Second Harvest Food Banks are doing 'triage' runs to hard hit areas. Many churches across the South have shelters or are supporting evacuees. Likely you know someone who has lost everything or who's been volunteering. Talk to them. If you search around the NOLA.com or WWLTV websites, you'll find lists of FEMA sites. If you're inclined to carry the cakes yourself, these may be places to start. Contact the Red Cross. Check your newspaper for stories of people who may still be residing in area hotels. They're out there--you just have to find them.
If you decide to participate, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd like to get an idea of how much the project spreads.