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Monday, November 8, 2010 / 6:59 PM

Water for Haitians, Cupcakes for You

There are many ways for locals to do good deeds, but Stefani Pollack of the Cupcake Project came up with one that made me smile, nod in agreement, and best yet...participate. 

As the population of Haiti suffers one disaster after another, the supply of potable water has become more contaminated. Bottled water saves lives short term, but water filters are the longer term solution. The goal of Cupcake Project 4.0 is to raise $4000 for FilterPure, a filter-making company where "all proceeds stay in Haiti and go to the Haitian facility and the Haitian staff." 

The first three Cupcake Projects were personal ones--all involving weddings--but this time the goal was to fill a broader-based and immediate need. Pollack puts it in perspective:  "My previous cupcake projects have provided about 133 people with cupcakes for one night - to think we could provide 133 families with fresh water for five years is mind-boggling!"

 Here's how it works: For Project 4.0, Pollack created "The Ultimate Chocolate Peanut Butter Hi-Hat Cupcake" (pictured), loaded with dark chocolate chips, and topped with peanut butter frosting that's been dipped in more chocolate.

To get the recipe, contribute $1.00 or more to the fund during November. It's that simple.

One randomly chosen donor will win a 72-cupcake tower, and anyone contributing $200 scores a custom-made cupcake recipe--give Stef your favorite flavors and she'll create your dream cupcake.  

Anyone with even a remote interest in cupcakes (and I believe that's all of us) should check out her blog. It's an interesting read: Over the last three years, Pollack has riffed on the basics and dabbled in the obscure, from bacon to baked beans and pumpkin to persimmons. She's won numerous awards and been nationally recognized. She oughta win something for this idea.  

 Consider going without your Aquafina this month. Drink tap water...and pledge some money to those who don't have any.      

(Photo courtesy of J Pollack Photography)

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