Last year, watching a young father at the Safeway bakery telling his little boy that he couldn't afford to buy him a birthday cake really touched the hearts of Andre and Liz Sosa of Chino Valley.
"I felt compelled to buy the cake for him, but I didn't want to embarrass the father," Andre said. "Liz and I discussed it and came up with the idea of making and giving free cakes to kids in families who are struggling financially in this economy."
Liz and Andre started "Kakes for Kids." This was right up Liz's alley as she always has loved cooking and baking and has her own catering company, too.
"I thought it was a great idea. We printed out some fliers and took them to lots of churches and put them on every community board we could find," Liz said.
Liz bakes cakes not only for birthdays but also for graduations, welcome home from the hospital, and others.
"When the parents contact us we find out what colors, themes and flavors the child likes best, and we usually arrange a meeting place to give them the cake," Liz explained.
Andre and Liz consider baking these cakes as their ministry.
"We just feel that God has led us to do this to give back some of what we have been blessed with," Andre said.
Liz and Andre are enjoying making the cakes to help less fortunate families out and to make the children happy.
"It's very humbling to see how appreciative the people are to us just for helping to bring some sunshine into their child's day," Andre said.
"We hope that more people hear about this and contact us," Liz said, adding with a smile, "I get thrilled every time I take a call."