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Thousands of free cakes delivered in Stephens County

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DUNCAN, OK (KSWO) – This week, one Duncan nonprofit is giving away free cake to let people know they are special.

If you work for Duncan Public Schools, Duncan Regional Hospital or just about any business in Duncan, you probably received one of the hundreds of free cakes delivered by the Beautiful Day Foundation Monday. The Beautiful Day Foundation is a nonprofit in Duncan that gives free cake to every student at eight Stephens County Elementary schools on their birthday.  It's all to tell them they're beautiful just the way they are.

The Mayors of Marlow and Duncan, plus the City Manager of Comanche, declared April 3rd "Beautiful Day Day" to commemorate the group who does so much work with local students. They decided they needed a great way to celebrate their day and figured what better way than icing 3,600 cakes and giving them to anyone and everyone they see to let them know how special they are.

The dozens of volunteers icing, packing and delivering the cakes are calling the event cake-a-palooza.

The organization has been icing cakes and delivering them to local kids since 2013 when a summer filled with crimes committed by local youth sparked Leah Miller and Michelle Johnson to create the nonprofit. They usually deliver cakes to elementary schools, but for this week, they decided to broaden their deliveries as far as they possibly can.

"We’re delivering to police stations, fire stations, all of the schools in these counties, the hospitals, to dollar general, just anywhere that you can imagine, we've surprised delivered these cakes to just individuals we've run into,” said Beautiful Day co-founder Leah Miller.

All of the cakes were provided by the Needs Foundation, based in Oklahoma City. They collect excess perishable food from restaurants, bakeries and grocery stores and distribute it to groups like Beautiful Day.  Around 1:00 p.m. Sunday, more than 100 volunteers began icing the cakes, followed by more Monday, who loaded them up and made the deliveries.

Miller said the response they have gotten so far has been great and that she hopes those on the receiving end of this week's cakes can take one message to heart.

"That they are loved in this community, that they matter and that them being a part of the community matters,” Miller said. “I think that's a thing everyone craves is to be seen where they live and to feel important where they live and there's no better way to do that than to tell someone the day you were born was a beautiful day and we just want to celebrate you right where you are for no reason than simply that you exist."

Miller said Beautiful Day will be out in the community delivering more cakes on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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