FAQ

  • What are we talking about?
    A simple concept – a bake sale to raise money for Japan.
  • Why are you doing this?
    Because we are all grieved by the death and devastation we see, are tired of talking about it and know we can make a difference.
  • Don’t you have a life?
    Almost every person on our list works a full time job. We understand you are busy and have other commitments, but we believe this is too important to ignore.
  • Who is the money going to?
    100% of all proceeds from this initiative will be donated directly to the Japanese Red Cross Society. From our end, we want to keep the process as transparent as possible. We will be publishing the total amount raised by this initiative and also uploading a receipt from the Japanese Red Cross Society after we have transferred the funds.
  • Okay, I’m convinced. What can I do?
    You can help us in one or more of the following ways:

    • Donate baked goods for the bake sale.
    • Volunteer – we are looking for bakers, graphic designers, event planners, writers, artists, bloggers, and people, who can help us organize and set up.
    • Attend the event – RSVP to the event on Facebook and invite all your friends.
    • Spread the word – Today, if videos of funny cats can go viral, why not word of a good cause? Share the link with anyone you think would like to help. We can use all the hands we can get.
    • Download our logo and display it on your site/blog/social account linking back to this site.
  • I own a bakery/restaurant/small business. How can I help?
    You can help us in one or more of the following ways:

    • Donate baked goods/beverages/packaging for the bake sale.
    • Donate special items/gift certificates that we can auction.
    • Donate/help us with a venue.
    • Help us spread the word by displaying our poster in your space or online.
    • Help us print signs/posters.
    • Pledge to donate the day’s proceeds to support our cause.
  • How can I sign up?
    Use the Contact page or drop an email to torontobakesforjapan@gmail.com and tell us how you would like to help. The sooner, the better. Please don’t leave your offers of help in the comments section. It is only when you email us that we can respond and organize properly. Many thanks!
  • I can’t make it to the event. How can I contribute?
    We now have an online donation page for people who can’t make it to the event but would still like to contribute. Please spread the word to people you know would like to help.
  • What baked goods are you looking for?
    Cookies, muffins, scones, cupcakes, loaf cakes, pound cakes, breads, pies, tarts or frosted cakes – bake whatever your forte is. This is your chance to get creative – remember that people are going to buy your goods, so the more special and prettier they are, the more we sell.
  • How much should I make?
    Bake as much as you possibly can. We cannot have too much of a good thing.
  • Should the baked goods be individually wrapped?
    Yes, we require this for safety reasons and convenience. Individually wrapped treats, boxed cakes and cupcakes, packaged half dozen/dozen cookies – you can use plastic wrap/paper bags/gift bags/boxes for packaging – whatever suits your product and purpose. However, please note that people are going to buy these products. So the nicer your presentation, the more we’ll sell.
    You can divide the baked goods as you like – e.g. 3 big cookies plastic-wrapped together, half a dozen cookies to a bag, a dozen cookies to a box – whatever is appropriate.
    In case of difficult items like frosted cupcakes, you can bring these in boxes and provide us with an equal number of paper bags. We will pack them in the bags as we sell. 6/12 cupcakes to a box would be appropriate.
    Bulk Barn and the Dollar Store have a lot of packaging options available.
    Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan items should be clearly labeled as such.
    Deliver your baked goods along with a list of ingredients, specifically allergens.
    Deliver your baked goods in containers you don’t expect to be returned because it will be simply impossible for us to keep track of it all.
    If you are donating items from a licensed food business, you can indicate this with your brand/logo if you like.
  • When should I arrive at the venue with my baked goods?
    You should arrange to be at the venue at least an hour prior to the start of the event.
  • Can I select a particular venue?
    We will definitely ask you for your preferred venue. But if there is a big imbalance between no. of items/volunteers for the venues, we might have to shift some things around.
  • Do I need to help sell the baked goods or can I just drop them off?
    We would love it if you could volunteer for the event, but if you cannot, then you can just opt to drop off the baked goods.
  • Do I need to bring anything else?
    No. We will provide all the setup such as tables, decor, etc. You just need to bring in your baked treats.
  • How will the sold items be priced?
    All items at the bake sale event will be sold by donation i.e. none of the items will have a price tag and people can donate what they want. We have a lot of faith in the people of this beautiful city and trust they will open their hearts (and wallets!) to us.
  • I don’t bake but I make the best jams/jellies/chocolates. Can I contribute?
    Absolutely! Please email us at torontobakesforjapan@gmail.com with the specifics.
  • I have a blog/website. Can I write about this event?
    Yes, please. We need all the buzz we can get. Feel free to download our logo and display it on your site/blog/social account linking back to this site..

2 Responses to FAQ

  1. Stephanie Radcliffe says:

    This is a spectacular idea! I would love to bake up a storm and donate. How exactly does the process work? Do I show up with my stuff and sell it myself or just drop the stuff off? If so, where and when? Do you need people manning the booths and selling?
    Looking forward to hearing from you.

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