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Girl helps children's shelter by baking cupcakes

LAWTON, Okla._They are sweet treats for a sweet cause. Alyssa Crandon makes cupcakes of all kinds and sells them, all for charity. So far, she has raised over two hundred dollars in which she buys supplies, like hygiene products, to donate to the J. Roy Dunning Children's Shelter in Lawton.

She started a little more than a month ago, but already she has made a huge impact on the community.

Alyssa says since she was about seven or eight, she always wanted to give back.

"I don't know what it is, but I always have loved to help," said Alyssa. "I love helping people."

Her mother, Rosemary Crandon, says she does what most every typical teenager does.

"You know, you get proud of your kids when they do things, you know, good in school, they do their chores, they are cleaning their room. They are proud because they are doing the typical thing they are supposed to do," said Rosemary.

This eighth grader does much more than that. It's an act of generosity by a girl who acts much older than her age.

"That feeling I get whenever I know I have done something really good to the community and all those kids can be happier," said Alyssa.

Her mom helps out with some baking pointers, but Alyssa does the rest.

"The ideas, the flavors, all of that, that's all on her. She comes up with some really unique cupcakes," said Rosemary.

From cherry limeade to Red Bull, to even Reese's peanut butter cupcakes she made on Sunday, she does it all.

"I've combined my joy of helping others and my joy of baking and how fun it is," said Alyssa.

Cupcake mix, water, oil, and eggs are the basic ingredients for cupcakes. But, there is an extra ingredient in these, love.

"Everyone, if you think about it, everybody is rich but rich with love instead of money. But, other kids in shelters and stuff they don't have that option," said Alyssa.

So she bakes and fills each cup with the batter delicately, knowing that with each one is another opportunity to help. For now, she just raises money to make hygiene bags with toothpaste, shampoo, and other things. But, she wants to do much more for the kids. She wants to bring them uniforms and shoes.

"Everyone gives them hand me downs, and they have never owned a brand new pair of shoes and so I want to get them brand new pairs of shoes, like name brand," said Alyssa.

She's taking action to change the community, and her mom see's the impact of what she is doing.

"It's just one of those feelings, honestly I can't explain, it's just a very very proud feeling," said Rosemary.

For Alyssa, she doesn't plan to stop anytime soon.

"The feeling that you get, is priceless, you can never really put words to the feeling you get," said Alyssa.

Since school has started back Alyssa won't be baking as much. But, she still wants to be able to make donations and help out the shelter. If you want to help her or find ways you can donate, you can visit her Facebook page.


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