Colonial Middle School student Holly Boegner used her free time during the pandemic to start Baking A Difference. The entrepreneurial sixth grader took her talent in the kitchen and turned it into a nonprofit organization that donates all proceeds from its baked goods to charity.
"I just love helping people and making the world a better place." said Holly. "I also love to see my friends and family enjoy my desserts!"
In the first three months, Baking A Difference raised close to $2,000, and each month features a different charity. In October, the profits went to Unite for Her, a local organization that focuses on supporting breast cancer patients. November benefited Covenant House, a nonprofit that raises money and awareness for homeless youth. December was the Ronald McDonald House, and January is the Nix Cancer Foundation.
"When I see charities message me on social media about my donations, it warms my heart," she said. "It's great to see that, even though we are in difficult times, we can all help support and comfort one another."
In addition to honing her baking skills, Holly is also learning new things about building and promoting a business. She created the Baking A Difference's website on her own through Wix, worked together with her sister to create a logo, and posts promotions on social media. Each month she chooses the desserts and has been testing different packaging.
"This helps me realize that I definitely want to go into business when I'm older, because I have this experience that I think will help me throughout my life," said Holly. "Also, I think I might want to go into culinary arts, because I love to cook and bake."
She credits her education in the Colonial School District with teaching her about management through group projects and how to stay organized in a stressful environment.
"In school, I've learned a lot about working hard and not giving up," she added.
Baking A Difference currently offers four types of cookies, rice cereal treats, triple decker pretzels, banana bread and brownies. Holly looks to her supporters for ideas and plans to include the SPCA as an upcoming charity.