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Mercer Island kids organize bake-sale fundraiser for Haiti

Jonah, 9, and Becky, 7, Isaac point to their favorite cookies at a Town Center bake sale raising money for Haiti, which was Jonah’s idea. See story page 3.   - Elizabeth Celms/Mercer Island Reporter
Jonah, 9, and Becky, 7, Isaac point to their favorite cookies at a Town Center bake sale raising money for Haiti, which was Jonah’s idea. See story page 3.
— image credit: Elizabeth Celms/Mercer Island Reporter

Dozens of children and parents gathered outside Island Square on a sunny Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, waving down passerby with "Bake sale for Haiti" signs and tempting Islanders with tables full of homemade sweets.

The three-hour sale was organized by Island parents and children through a flurry of e-mails and phone calls. The initial idea, however, was proposed by 9-year-old Jonah Isaac, said his mother, Marlo.

"We were sitting at the dinner table, talking to our kids about Haiti, asking them if they understood what had happened and what they had learned at school," Marlo Isaac said. "And our nine-year-old said that maybe we could have a bake sale to raise money. So we thought, 'Maybe we could.'"

The couple sent out e-mails to other Island parents and members of the community asking them to participate in the bake sale. A notice was posted on the Reporter's online Web site.

"Within 48 hours," Marlo Isaac said, "we had more than 50 e-mails in response."

More than three tables, plus wagons, baskets and boxes full of baked goods filled up the courtyard outside Island Square on Jan. 18. The sidewalk was filled with children waving neon signs at the cars passing by. Islanders donated anywhere from $1 to $20 bills to the cause, helping themselves to as many treats as they liked.

In total, Marlo estimated that the team raised around $2,500 for the Red Cross.

"It's a great way to show that the kids can really make a difference," she said. "We've had so much support."

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