COVID-19 crisis inspires charity baking business
When Allie Soper left for Lafayette College in the fall of 2019, little did she imagine that she would be running a small business from her family home in the spring. It all started with a conversation with her friend, Erin Gill, a nurse at Winchester Hospital. Gill described the challenges of working on the front lines during COVID-19, and told Soper about the courage that the clinical staff showed as they put their lives on the line for sick patients.
Allie wanted to help but wasn’t sure how she could. “The nurses could work the front line and I couldn’t,” said Soper, “Giving back to them was important to me.” She decided to launch a cupcake business called COVID Cupcakes (now called Blue Daisy Bakery) on the local Winchester Residents Facebook page. “From there, it kind of took on a life of its own,” she explained. Soon Soper was very busy, sometimes making hundreds of cupcakes every day. She donated a portion of the proceeds to the Winchester Hospital Healthcare Heroes Fund. To date, she has donated $1,500 to the Fund that provided gift cards, meals, and emotional support to all hospital staff during the pandemic.
“I know how much they’re sacrificing,” Soper said. “It’s easy to feel helpless when there’s so much going on in the world. This is how I can help.”