AVON-Jaclyn Janssen, rural Avon, has been busy baking goodies to raise money to travel to Pennsylvania this summer to participate in a work camp.

AVON-Jaclyn Janssen, rural Avon, has been busy baking goodies to raise money to travel to Pennsylvania this summer to participate in a work camp. 

 

Janssen explained, "I will attend a work camp in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and around the suburb of Imperial through 'Group Mission Trips'. While we are there we will be serving others through interior and exterior home maintenance, painting, handicap ramp and stair construction, serving in a mobile home park for the elderly by providing basic yard/home cleanup, a room addition for a local food pantry, or landscaping for a local church that serves the area."

 

Janssen added, "I will be stationed at one of these sites for a week of service to people who may need a little extra help in the area. After the work camp, my youth group will be going to the new Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C."

 

As of April 25, Janssen has raised $695.14 of the $700 left after her first deposit. She has a promise of $156 from locals for future cakes and cookies.

 

Janssen began her 'Sweets to Send me East' project March 11. "While I have enough orders to cover my trip fee, I have not yet covered all of my ingredient expenses, so the adventure continues," said Janssen.

 

A variety of baked goods are available for customers to purchase. Janssen has made cupcakes, decorated cut-out cookies, and has made an assortment of decorated cakes, along with chocolate chip cookies, and oatmeal raisin cookies.

 

"I charge $20 for a small 9-inch round cake, $22 for a rectangle 9x13, $50 for 12x18, $25 for a small decorated cake, $18 for two dozen cupcakes, $12 for two dozen cookies, and $16 for two dozen decorated cookies," said Janssen.

 

Does Janssen plan to continue to bake for those who wish to purchase the baked goods?

 

"I plan to continue this business after I have all my funds raised to increase my knowledge in the kitchen and to prepare for my future career in pastry arts," Janssen said.

 

Janssen's love of baking came at a young age. It was at that time that she found that it was her passion. "In seventh grade, I discovered the career of a pastry chef. As a pastry chef I could bake and decorate pastries all day long and I found a very high interest in it. This year, when the announcement of our destination came, we were told we would need $750. I got the idea of 'Sweets to Send me East' from one of my close friends, Nicole Holtz from Farmington. She is also going on the Missions trip this summer. She made a page on Facebook for crafty things such as signs, t-shirts, and canvases to raise her funds. I thought that was a good idea and thought about something I could do, so 'Sweets to Send me East' was born," she said.

 

Janssen is excited to attend the work camp. "I want to attend because we are commanded by God to have a heart to serve others. Last year, I went on a missions trip to Ohio for a 'Week of Hope' where I spent time loving on kids that came from a rough community. Through that experience, I learned more about myself from stepping out of my comfort zone to interact with these people. I was also able to see what God was doing in other parts of the country, and I now have a better attitude towards how good my life truly is," explained Janssen.

 

Janssen is the daughter of Chris (who is the superintendent of Valley Schools) and Jody Janssen. She enjoys baking, working with her calves, and playing sports. She participates in volleyball, basketball, and softball at Abingdon-Avon High School and she is an active 4-H and FFA member.

 

For more information, check out Janssen's Facebook page, 'Sweets to Send me East'.