Cousins + cupcakes = connection . . . .

Greetings once again from us all here at the OM@home blog - a blog about children and young people, written for children and young people . . . . For young people just like you, about young people who inspire us all at OM HQ.

Young people like Allison Nguyen and Laura Li . . . .

The cousins in question have two passions in life . . . .

The first is baking, the pair specializing in the most marvellous cupcakes imaginable.

The second is spreading happiness, making a difference and helping those less fortunate.

The teenage Texans have combined the two to create something rather amazing . . . .

It's called the Iced Capades Cakery.

Iced Capades is a non-profit organization that exists to spread joy, through cake, to those needing a little cheer . . . .

Children living in shelters, for instance, their lives lacking stability, a place to call their own and the simple pleasures that we all take for granted.

Things like a cake to mark birthdays and other special events.

That's where Allison, Laura and their team come in.

You see, Iced Capades create and distribute the most amazing cakes to those most in need.

Having started small, Allison and Laura have grown to serve six shelters in the Houston area, providing cakes for hundreds of underprivileged children each month and, what is more, plans are afoot to expand the operation far beyond their Texas base.

The reason, to quote from the Iced Capades founders themselves, is that 'children displaced to shelters often have minimal or no resources available to them . . . and their normal lives and routines are often disrupted. Because all the focus at that point is on [life's] basic necessities, extravagant needs such as a birthday cake are often neglected. [Iced Capades is] here to restore some semblance of normalcy for those children and simply to put a smile on their faces'.

This has put a smile on our faces, for sure, as there is nothing that inspires us more in our studio than hearing tales of young people putting themselves out for others, being creative and striving to make a difference in the world.

Here in Saunderstown, we'd like to applaud Allison and Laura and thank them for motivating us to make more OMs - our own method of spreading smiles.

Is there something that you could do help others and share a little happiness?

Think about it some time . . . .

 We are all connected.