For the fifth year in a row, The Ottawa Mission served a special dessert as part of its annual Christmas Dinner for the homeless and hungry this past weekend. As is often the case, the special things are brought about by special people and the festive cupcakes that were served with our turkey dinner are no different.
“Cupcakes 4 Christmas” was started by the woman in this picture named Josée Cowley. She is a skilled baker herself and these days, most of her delicious baking is eaten by her 5 young children at home!
But 5 years ago, Josée has made it her ‘mission’ to gather together close to 3000 cupcakes for our annual Christmas Dinner event. Now she says it’s a family tradition and she looks forward to the big dinner every Christmas. Josée reaches out to her network of fellow bakers – and social media channels like Facebook and Twitter – to find enough people to donate cupcakes for the big event. Often there are even a few leftover for men in the shelter to enjoy for the next couple of days!
So on behalf of all those who enjoyed one of the delicious cupcakes at our annual Christmas Dinner, we say a huge thank you – and Merry Christmas – to Josée and all her fellow baking elves.