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Bake Sale Recap

The Bake Sale for Somalia was a big success in our office.  We were able to raise $1500 that will be donated via our EHG Fund to UNICEF to benefit the refugees of Somalia.  Members from all departments participated, Lori (Client Services Manager) baked delicious brownies and cookies, Asef (Content Writer) baked blondies and Texas sheet cake for the sale, and Sidra (Social Media Coordinator) whipped up some red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.  All the baked goods were a hit and we were really excited to have raised so much for the Somali refugees.

Here are some of the highlights of our bake sale:

Home made items for the bake sale: Red Velvet Cupcakes, Brownies, Blondies & Cookies

Here are some more photos of staff enjoying the baked goods:

Emilia, Asef & Nathaniel enjoy treats from the bake sale

Overall, the entire office was happy to join in and it was a nice way to enjoy baked goods for an incredible cause.  We were all overjoyed at the final count (which included a match by the Sales Manager, Ken, and a match by the EHG Fund as well).

Reading about the devastation in Somalia touched our hearts and we knew we had to do something.  Families escape Somalia on foot, with what little possessions they have, often traveling anywhere between 21 and 40 days to reach refugee camps.  Their journey is treacherous as they face hunger, little to no water, scorching heat and thieves.  Many do not survive the trip.

The U.N. refugee agency announced Tuesday that child mortality rates at a camp for Somali refugees in Ethiopia have reached “alarming” levels. An average of 10 children under the age of 5 years have died every day since June at the Kobe camp. Acute malnutrition, compounded by a measles outbreak, is believed to be the cause.”  Read More here: http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/08/22/22climatewire-african-drought-victims-create-worlds-larges-97673.html

Refugees entering camps, photo courtesy of BBC

We can go on about the devastation, but truly, we can’t know what’s going on without being there.  What we do know is this region badly needs funds.  According to the BBC, the UN refugee head Antonio Guterres has said this is a “human tragedy of unimaginable proportions.”  The EHG Fund is collecting donations here on our Facebook page.  Additionally, all donations made up until the end of September will be sent directly to Somalia by the EHG Fund.

We also encourage offices to host fundraisers and awareness in their offices to benefit the Somali refugees.  Visit www.EHGFund.org for more information about the EHG Fund.

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Bake sale for Somalia

As we enjoy our summer barbecues, our office parties, and our fun family dinners, we should think to remember the people overseas who greatly need our help.

The EHG Fund has helped thousands of people in Africa and Asia by building schools and hospitals. Now we are focusing on helping the people of Somalia. The region is going through one of the most severe droughts in over 60 years and has led to one of the worst famines in recent history. Refugees are making their ways to camps in Kenya and other parts of Africa, their children arriving severely malnourished and under weight.  CNN’s Sanjay Gupta describes the misery in this heartbreaking article here.

Image courtesy of the BBC

An estimated 12.5 million people in the region are affected by the drought. The UN has declared a famine in five areas of southern Somalia, where 50% of children are acutely malnourished and four children out of every 10,000 are dying daily.

Yes, you read that correctly.  That’s 4 children dying daily of preventable causes.   We need to help them.

Somali refugees arriving in Kenyan camps for aid

Together with the EHG Fund, the DentalXChange team is hosting an in-office fundraiser next week.  Our idea is simple, we are hosting a bake sale and charging $2 per cupcake, with 100% of the proceeds going to the EHG Fund. We are going to bake red velvet cupcakes and other yummy treats and place them in the kitchen to raise money for the refugees. We will also be taking donations above and beyond the bake sale.

DentalXChange employees can also donate to the EHG Fund through payroll deductions and since all the proceeds in September will be sent to Somalia, we will be encouraging all employees to enroll.

How can you Help?

DentalXChange gives your practice the option to donate to the EHG Fund with each claim you send. You have the option of donating 1-5 cents per claim and DentalXChange will match 100% of your donation each month!

What else can you do to help? Host a bake sale in your offices like we are at DentalXChange! Offer cookies, cupcakes or other treats (my favorite red velvet recipe is this one here.) to your patients for a small donation.  All donations made to the EHG Fund Facebook causes will be directed towards Somalia.

We want to help right away and feel the best way for us to get started and to inspire our clients to do the same is to host a bake sale next Tuesday, August 23.  Will you please join us in hosting one in your office?

We know that no amount is too little to donate to the Somalian refugees. We hope that we generate some donations for those suffering from the drought and pray that relief will come soon.

For our Somalia Bakesale, we will be making Red Velvet Cupcakes

I hope this inspires you to do a bake sale of some sort in your office!

We’re asking offices to participate in a bake sale to help aid these refugees. Please make contributions to the EHG Fund Facebook causes HERE

We are hosting ours next Tuesday, August 23.  Will you participate?

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