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Cake kits created by teens

An inspirational kids' book has led to a new community service project for the Teen Advisory Board at the Friday Memorial Library in New Richmond.

The 13 teenagers who make up the Board recently decided to help families who don't have the money to celebrate birthdays the way they like.

The group has assembled eight "birthday cake kits" that will be donated to Five Loaves Food Shelf for distribution to area families.

"There are actually children who have never had a birthday cake," said Georgia Jones, children's librarian. "We've done several different community service projects, and this seemed like a good idea."

The group got its idea from the Deborah Frasier book "A birthday cake is no ordinary cake." The book talks about the significance of celebrating each person's complete trip around the sun.

Jones, who met Frasier previously, said the book inspired the teenagers to brighten someone else's birthday.

Among the suggestions the Minnesota author offers for readers is a birthday cake kit for food shelves.

"They (the teens) like to do craft types of projects," Jones said. "This seemed like a project we could do."

The Teen Advisory Board used cake boxes for the kits, which include a cake mix, frosting and candles. Each box is specially decorated on the outside.

Over the next few days, the boxes will be delivered to the food shelf for eventual use by a family or individual.

The Teen Advisory Board has been in existence for about five years. Their main purpose is to provide feedback to Library officials about services and books of interest to young people.

Every so often they also tackle a community service project. They've previously packaged book bags that were donated to a women's shelter for use by young people.

Anyone interested in being a part of the Teen Advisory Board should contact Jones at the Library, 243-0431.