We all had different hobbies that we undertook during this quarantine period. And while Houston baker Rukmini Das was initially baking more as a hobby, she took the initiative with it when the George Floyd protests started up.
This summer has shed so much light on issues of racism and police brutality that are still rife in our country. And Das made a choice to create a bake sale that donates to anti-racist charities that need all of our support.
If you’re ready to discover more about this empowered woman’s story and what you can do to help the US become more anti-racist, you’re going to love this:
Cakes For BLM
Das put her baking skills to a fantastic cause by deciding to exchange her baked goods for charitable donations to important anti-racist charities such as the:
You can check out her Instagram, Cakes for BLM, where she features the latest creations of her and the volunteer bakers and details the charity that the proceeds went to.
Das even lets customers suggest anti-racist charities that they’d like the proceeds to go to. Initially, she had a list of a few. Still, she’s always happy to learn about more that exist and to donate to them once she makes she that they’re anti-racist initiatives in the US.
Want Some Cake?
While her baked goods are solely available in the Houston area, a few volunteer bakers have joined the force. There’s currently another one in Houston, one in California, and one in New Jersey.
Long term, Das hopes that she can find more volunteer bakers so that this form of giving to charity becomes more accessible across the country. Plus, she probably won’t be able to continue baking 2-3 cakes a week as per usual after quarantine.
But anti-racist movements are more than a trend, and she is looking to maintain this project long term to help move the country forward. So definitely follow her Instagram account to stay tuned in case some volunteer bakers pop up around your area!
Those cakes look delicious, and they are for a meaningful cause that we should all work towards.
For each order, Das requests a minimum $50 donation for the anti-racist initiative of choice. She puts aside $5-10 to cover the costs of ingredients, and the rest of it goes directly to a well-researched charity.
What Can You Do?
Yes, Cakes for BLM are so beautiful and probably incredibly delicious. But if you’re not in range of any of the volunteer bakers, don’t let that stop you from making a difference in the country.
Das offers a pretty sweet trade for donating to charity. But honestly, the real reward is being a part of the right side of history and being a part of something bigger than yourself.
America is finally waking up to all of the injustices towards Black lives. And now that more and more of us can see what’s been going on and witness all of the violence done to our fellow human beings, we can’t let it stand.
So yes, follow Cakes for BLM. But also find some ways that you can help make the difference that we all want to see. Her Instagram account is full of some great charities that you can choose from to make a donation.
And don’t be silent about standing up for what’s right. Rukmini Das is an inspirational empowered woman that is helping to forge the way to a better future. Let’s do what we can to improve the collective.
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