It started as a simple cookie and lemonade stand on the street corner.
“I have a passion for cooking and baking even more now than I used to,” said Gable Sloan, an 11-year-old at McNair Middle School.
But when she started reeling in big bucks from her baked goods, Gable Sloan realized she could do so much more.
“We try as parents to teach that it’s our job to give back to our community,” said Shanda Sloan, Gable’s mom.
“At first, it was just charities that were close to my heart,” Sloan said.
Susan G. Komen. The American Heart Association. Homeless shelters. They’ve all benefited from Gable’s Bakery.
“It’s not very hard to go and help people in your community,” Sloan said.
“Gable’s got a big heart. Has always had a big heart,” Shanda Sloan said.
Gable’s Bakery has been so successful that she’s been able to take her proceeds and move it out of the kitchen. Now every year, she gets to choose one FHS senior and awards them a $1000 scholarship, just for having a like-minded, community-first mentality.”
“Knowing that there are people in our community that could not go to college without help, and then her actions are helping that particular student get to go, it’s huge. Who thinks of that when they are 11 years old?” said Michelle Hayward, the principal at McNair Middle School.
The cherry on top, receiving the Prudential Spirit of Community Award, a recognition only given to two students per state.
“I was so happy, I did start crying because I was just overjoyed with this,” Sloan said.
But the journey doesn’t end there.
“My ultimate goal is to by the time I’m 18, raise $100,000 for different charities,” Sloan said.
With more than $6,000 in the cookie jar, Gable is well on her way.