By Emmaline Jurgena
The Catholic Messenger
Two sisters held a lemonade and baked goods sale that offered a lot more than sweet treats; all proceeds were donated to the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP) food reservoir in Iowa City.
Faith, 13, and Fiona Bourgeacq, 7, were familiar with HACAP after volunteering there with their mother Anissa Bourgeacq, a dietitian. It was the sisters’ own idea to raise and donate money to HACAP, a generous proposal that their mother says is not surprising. She attributes their giving attitude, in part, to the values they learned at Regina Catholic School in Iowa City.
The sisters created fliers and distributed them around the neighborhood to publicize the sale, and also advertised on Facebook. They offered homemade goods including cookies, brownies and cupcakes, with the promise of supporting a good cause.
Each dollar raised for the HACAP food reservoir is worth seven pounds of food. The Bourgeacq girls raised $110, which covered 770 pounds of food. These funds were matched by their mother to raise $220, providing 1,540 pounds of food in total.
Anissa explained that, especially due to the summer flooding in and around the state, organizations like HACAP are truly in need of donations. She believes that this will not be the last time her daughters give back to the community, as they were pleased and excited about the bake sale’s result.
“The girls were really excited; they had a really good feeling afterwards, and they were particularly excited about how much a dollar can provide,” Anissa said.