Lincoln girl puts baking talents to use for a good cause

By: Stephanie Dumm, News Messenger Reporter
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Name: Caitlin Stevens Age: 10 Family: Parents Dwight and Sharon Stevens; sisters Raya and Leah, 8. City Lincoln Caitlin Stevens, has held bake sales this summer with a goal of raising $200 for the Veterans of Northern California Health Care System, along with the help of her twin sisters and friend. Mother Sharon Stevens said she likes her children to be involved in fundraising projects for charity organizations. Why did you decide to help the veterans? I had nothing to do over the summer, and my aunt is in the Navy and my grandpa was in the Air Force. How did you come up with the idea to hold bake sales? That’s what we usually do and I like to bake. Last summer we raised money for the World Wildlife Federation. How did your twin sisters help? They dumped everything in the bowl and mixed it. They also helped set up and hung out with me while I sold. They were good helpers. How close are you to $200? We have $20 more to raise (as of Friday). We would hold the bake sales on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. because that’s the rush hour. Why do you bake? Because I’ve been baking all my life and my grandma likes to bake. I like to eat the baked stuff and it gives me something to do. What type of goodies do you make for the bake sales? Brownies, cookies and sometimes cupcakes. I made three pies and sold them for $10 each. I made peach pies with peaches off the tree in our backyard. What was the first item you ever baked? Probably a pie with my grandma. It was a sugarless apple pie and I was probably 3 or 4. She taught me to bake. She’s always fair and directs us and lets us do everything. What do you like to do when you’re not baking or in school? I like to sew and I sew aprons and random stuff. I don’t like using patterns. I’ll use half a pattern, get an idea and then it turns out good. Where have you lived other than Lincoln? Loma Rica, Templeton and Cambria. We moved to Lincoln in January. Where is your favorite place that you’ve lived? Cambria because of the beach. I loved to surf and just swim in the water. My grandma lived there and she taught me to surf, bake and do everything. What’s your favorite recipe to bake? Bread because I like kneading it and watching it rise. How do you help out in your family’s garden? I’m growing jalapenos, bell peppers, basil and pepperocinis. They were the smallest things to take care of. The Lincoln News Messenger profiles a nonprofit organization every week. If you would like to see an organization featured, please call 774-7967 or e-mail pattym@goldcountrymedia.0