Warren teens fight hunger with bake sale

By Tim Yovich

Three teens have assembled bakers for the sale in Youngstown and Bazetta.

WARREN — Three Warren teenage friends are not just thinking about the sadness of needs of hungry children in America, they are doing something about it.

“I thought it was an ideal way to help feed the hungry,” said Emily McGlawn, 15, of Warren, a junior at Warren G. Harding High School.

Emily; Jennifer Reese, 16, of Bazetta Township, a Warren Christian School senior; and Decreeta Gary, 15, of Warren, a Harding junior, have recruited 55 amateur and professional bakers to volunteer to make cookies, pies, cakes, breads, cinnamon rolls and cupcakes.

They will be sold from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Wal-Mart store off Elm Road in Bazetta and on West Federal Street in downtown Youngstown.

The two venues were selected, Emily said, because they both generate a high volume of foot traffic.

They and their team comprised of three other members are looking to raise $1,000 to help feed children as part of the Great American Bake Sale.

“I’m hoping for more than that,” Emily said.

Not only have the teens amassed 55 bakers, but have gained the support of businesses such as Turning Technologies in Youngstown, Rosetta Stone, a Youngstown restaurant, Starbucks in Niles, Beat Coffee House in Youngstown and Duncan Donuts in Girard.

Most of the sponsors have donated money, Emily explained.

Actually, it was Emily’s mother, Rayenell McGlawn, who planted the idea of a bake sale to help the hungry after reading a magazine article about Share Our Strength, a nationwide organization, and mentioned it to her daughter.

Emily said she has been involved in bake sales and had some knowledge about them. She then contacted Decreeta and Jennifer and they agreed to get involved.

They got most of the volunteer bakers through announcements in churches and schools.

Most of them are members of the First Presbyterian Church of Hubbard, where Emily’s father, Bert McGlawn, is the interim pastor.

Emily even recruited her Foster Drive neighbor, Cecilia Janus, and Janus’ son, Jeffrey, both professional bakers.

“It feels really good to help other children,” Decreeta said, noting she will be baking cakes because others tell her they are exceptionally moist.

“I feel really good about helping other children,” Decreeta said.

Commented Jennifer, “I think it’s really a good cause. We tend to lose focus about the hungry in this country. We should help our own economy.”

The bake sale is not the only good needs the three teens have been involved in.

Emily, Jennifer and Decreeta have volunteered at the Relay for Life events.

Emily will be going on a church mission to South Dakota to tutor the Lakota Indian tribe’s children.

Jennifer also volunteers at the Warren Family Mission.

“It’s kind of sad to see fewer toys for more children” during Christmas, Jennifer said.

And Emily volunteers at the Rescue Mission in Youngstown and helps at the First Presbyterian Church of Warren where her father formerly served as pastor. She helps with the monthly food give-away to help families.


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