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Area entrepreneur, 13, uses big donation to bake a big bunch of treats for frontline workers

Updated: Jun. 18, 2021 at 3:03 PM CDT
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(KWTX) - Max Zepeda, a 13-year-old entrepreneur who launched his own baking business, made good on a promise he made to an anonymous donor and delivered his custom-made treats to 250 first responders and frontline healthcare workers.

The donor saw a story on KWTX about the young founder of Mr. Sugar’s Bakery and gave Max $500 to bake and decorate 250 of the cake pops he specializes in baking and decorating.

“He told me to give them to all area responders because they have done so much for us, and they really need help in a kindness kind of way,” Max said.

Just hours after receiving the donation, Max, an incoming seventh grader at Waco’s Tennyson Middle School, and his mom, Carmen who inspired him to open his business, began to bake.

Last Friday, Max delivered cake pops to Waco Family Medicine.

“It means a lot to us to be able to connect with our community members and to be able to receive such a thoughtful and delicious gift,” said Fernando Arroyo with the clinic.

The feeling was echoed by Waco police officers who grinned ear to ear as Max made the special delivery.

“I made 50 cake pops because they worked on so much for us and I want to give back in kindness,” Max said at drop off.

The last delivery went to McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple this week where Dr. Melissa Cox accepted her cake pop with a smile.

“It’s awesome we get these kind donations,” Cox said.

“It really makes our morning.”

The delivery to McLane Children’s was personal for Max because the hospital cared for his newborn brother in 2015 and he wanted to return the favor.

Max Zepeda with Lisa Gingerich, manager of volunteer services at McLane Children’s Hospital.
Max Zepeda with Lisa Gingerich, manager of volunteer services at McLane Children’s Hospital.(Courtesy photo)

The act meant a lot to staff members including Lisa Gingerich, manager of volunteer services.

“No one in our community ever just wakes up and says, ‘oh let’s go to McLane Children’s because the staff is super nice.’ We get to see people when they’re not feeling well and are vulnerable. So, for someone to remember the care that we provided them and to do something and say thank you is very, very important and meaningful so we’re grateful to our friends like Max,” Gingerich said.

Max says he is grateful to the man who donated the money, which not only brought him joy but allowed him to pass it on.

“It wouldn’t’ be possible but for the kind person who told me to make cake pops for every first responder and we have a total of 250 smiles forever,” Max said.

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