It truly can make you feel helpless to watch the news of what’s happening in Haiti and not be able to do more than text to send them $10.00. Barring taking a leave of absence from work to join some kind of rescue team headed south, all you can do is stay updated, donate, and genuinely hope for the best.
The United States has a considerable Haitian population largely as a result of our convenient geographic nearness to the devastated country. In Florida especially, you can find Haitian communities mourning losses and supporting those worried souls who have yet to hear from missing loved ones.
Here in Los Angeles, we have Clemence Gossett. Not Haitian herself, Gossett runs Gourmandise Desserts and became very close friends with a couple who had adopted two young boys from the Heartline Orphanage in Port-au-Prince. Having traveled to and from Haiti to visit the boys, while paperwork and administrative tedium was worked out, the couple spent much of their time working to make the orphanage a safer and more enjoyable place. Now, after the wreckage left behind after the earthquake, the orphanage needs as much help in rebuilding as possible. In order to help her friends, Gossett and her Gourmandise Desserts has planned a Gourmet Cupcakes baking class to benefit the Heartline Orphanage. Tickets are $65 and you’ll learn to make Passionfruit Cupcakes with Toasted Meringue, Vanilla Bean Dream Cupcakes, Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Cream, and Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Buttercream. We have a feeling you’ll also be reminded of just how lucky we all are to be happy and healthy at the start of a new year.
For more information about joining the cupcake class, please click here.