HOUSTON—For children living in shelters, birthdays can come and go with no celebration at all. But we found a couple of teens who are working to make sure that does not happen.
At a local shelter recently, a young girl named Kaitlyn celebrated her sixth birthday with gourmet cupcakes, music, games and face painting.
All thanks to two teenage girls.
The girls started throwing birthday parties for children living in shelters four years ago.
Cousins Allison Nguyen and Laura Le grew up loving to bake and decided one day to do something good with their creations.
Their families were tired of eating so many baked goods, they said.
So they founded an organization called Iced Capades Cakery. It is not a non-profit, not yet. It’s just a way for the girls to recruit volunteers and accept donations from anyone who will help them.
Mostly their parents pay for the supplies, transportation and anything else that is needed, Le said.
They also get generous donations of cupcakes from Crave Cupcakes, Nguyen said.
"When you get this, ‘Thank you!’ it’s like, ‘Wow, I’m really making an impact on their life," Le said.
"We want to try to bring some normalcy into their life," Nguyen said.
Kaitlyn had a great time being the center of attention at a special party thrown in her honor.
"The cupcakes are delicious," she said.
"I could have cried, honestly," said Dana Dixon, Kaitlyn’s mother.
Le and Nguyen just graduated from Clear Lake High School, both magna cum laude.
It’s now time for college and the girls are splitting up.
Le is headed to Baylor, while Nguyen will attend Stanford in California.
But both say they will try to start throwing the parties in their respective college towns.