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Perez will sell baked goods Friday to help feed hungry children
by Gary Kent
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Christina Perez is baking up a storm in her kitchen at 1414 W. Houston St. for her Friday Great American Bake Sale fund-raising event. This is Christina’s third year to raise money for the nation’s hungry children.
Gary Kent photo Christina Perez is baking up a storm in her kitchen at 1414 W. Houston St. for her Friday Great American Bake Sale fund-raising event. This is Christina’s third year to raise money for the nation’s hungry children.
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BEEVILLE — Pleasant aromas are wafting out of the tidy brick house at 1414 W. Houston St. this week as Christina Perez bakes up a storm.

This will be the third year for the Moreno Middle School eighth-grader to participate in the Great American Bake Sale to raise money to help end childhood hunger.

Christina will have her wares out for shoppers at 8 a.m. Friday, June 15, at her home. Anyone interested in snatching up some of Christina’s cookies, cakes, cupcakes, brownies and lemon bars should show up early. She usually is sold out by 10 a.m.

Christina started raising money to help others at a young age. She started by delivering canned goods to the Vincent De Paul Society, and when she was only nine years old, she initiated a food drive at her school for families affected by Hurricane Ike.

The Great American Bake Sale caught her eye in 2009, and she decided to take part in the effort to end childhood hunger. The annual event is sponsored by Domino Sugar, C&H Sugar and Duncan Hines.

Since 2003, the program has raised more than $6 million to help feed hungry children.

Christina also has been named First Runner Up in the Distinguished Youth of Texas Program, which recognizes young girls who rank high academically and who are leaders in their communities. She also has been honored by her school for community service.

In addition to other community service efforts, Christina has donated $225 of her allowance in 2010 and 2011 to the H-E-B Food Store’s Supply Our Students campaign that provides school supplies for families who cannot afford them.

Christina has been honored for her efforts on KIII’s Domingo Live television show, and this last Sunday, she took 7-year-old Maria Bastida with her for the event.

She and Maria were interviewed by co-host Barbi Leo.

When asked why she took part in the Great American Bake Sale, Christina said, “I feel that no child should have to worry about their next meal. As for me, well, it just makes me feel good to help people.”

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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