CLOSED Nominate Someone You Love! {Desserts for the Deserving}

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We all have the desire to make life better for the people we love.  We would do anything to ease their pain, to lessen burdens, to give someone the gift of joy!

And today you can make that desire a reality!

Today is the day that YOU can make a difference in someones life.  Today is the day that you can nominate someone for a very special treat!

Do you know someone who has work stress?  Or a strain in the family?  Or that has health issues?  Do you know someone who is always giving?  Who feeds your fish when you are out of town or volunteers to ring the Salvation Army bell every year?  Do you know someone who you think could use a smile?

Here is your chance to give them a very special treat!

Nominate your friend or loved one to receive a gift from people around the world!

How do you nomiate someone?

First: Leave a comment here nominating someone you know who could use a little tiny spot of sunshine in their day.  It can be a family member or a friend or even yourself.  Let us know just why they could use a special treat.

Please leave the full reason you want to nominate someone in the comment.  If there is a link to their blog or FB page or twitter feed  that is fine, but please make sure we have all the information we need in the comment.

You should know your nominee’s full mailing address, but Please do not leave your nominee’s full name, mailing address, or personal information that is not public knowledge in your comment.

Second: Copy and Paste your comment into an email and send it to with NOMINEE in the subject line.  Here is where you can provide the nominees full name and mailing address.

At this time I am asking that you only nominate people who live in the United States of America or in Canada.  If you have a very special need out of the US or Canada, please email us at with that information and we will see what we can do.


If you are able to also help spread the word through social media I would be much appreciattive!

My facebook page is going to be updated regularly and if you are able to share any posts that would be so wonderful!

Twitter is @iambakertweets and our hashtag is #deservingdesserts

If you feel comfortable Pinning this post that would be SO appreciated as well!


Many blessings-

Rebecca, Shanna, & Amanda

Rebecca and Shanna are the two amazing ladies who volunteered to help make this all happen.  Believe me when I say… NONE of this could have come to fruition without them.  They are doing everything on their own time and dime.  Thank you so much ladies!


The Nomination Period has ended.  Head on over to the Calling All Bakers post to see who has volunteered their time and resources!




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  1. Debbie says

    I would like to nominate my cousin’s family. Her 16-year-old son took his life late last year, and it has been a difficult journey for them ever since. They continue to try to focus on the joy that he brought, instead of the sadness that comes from knowing that he is gone too soon.

    Their whole family is about the warmest, friendliest, most hospitable family you could ever meet. And every July they host a canoe weekend for about 50-70 of their closest friends and family. We’ll be going again this year, and it will be difficult to be there without their son for the first time. He and his twin sister and their friends (and my stepson) would have a blast on the river.

    I would love to bring a little happiness to their day and remind them that their son made a lasting impression on us all. And we will never forget.

  2. says

    I have volunteered to help but I would also like to nominate someone. Our pastors daughter was diagnosed with Lyme’s disease a couple of years ago and has been basically bed ridden for the last two years. The toll that this has taken on this family is immense. They are the most kind, loving and caring people you could have ever met. And they are desperately in need of a loving gift. They live in Canada though. I do have their address.

  3. KT says

    I’d like to nominate my husband, Richard, who has multiple problems he is dealing with- an ailing father who is now in a convalescent home with little recognition or response to anyone, helping his mother who tries to deal with the situation, job stresses, as well as dealing with our 8-year old adopted son who has occupational defiance disorder. My husband is not even able to relax on weekends as he has so much to do constantly.
    It would certainly make his day and bring a smile to his face.
    God bless you for doing this!

  4. Kristen says

    I would like to nominate my mom, Nancy.Right now she’s supporting my whole family as my dad has been out of work for 2 1/2 years now. She works all day and still comes home and takes care of all of us. Its been a struggle on her especially with the years of fighting with my dad and them finally making a decision to get a divorce. Although the divorce is a mutual agreement there have been many nights that she’s come to my room crying. I know there are going to be a few more rough spots before she sees the light at the end of the tunnel and I’d love for her to get a treat to brighten her day.

  5. Stephanie says

    I just wanted to thank you for starting the desserts for the deserving. My aunt Becky received her cookies last week and words can’t express how happy the package made her. The cookies were beautiful and personalized with her name. Thank you again! What a way to make a difference in someone’s life.

  6. Dan Sanders says

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    I am writing to nominate the Bowhay family, 2013 has been a very tough year for the Bowhay family. On May 1st 2013 Sadie (Grandma) was diagnosed with terminal cancer, this came as a great shock to the family who all grouped together at that very tough stage. Things couldn’t have got much worse untill on the 15th May 2013 Bryony Bowhay (mother and daughter of Sadie) was also diagnosed terminal cancer at the age of 44.
    This has been the worst news ever for the two children and husband that think the world of her, Bethan 17 and Sam 20. Since then the world has been put on hold why both mother and daughter are completing their treatments. Although the treatments will prolong their life both of their cancers are sadly in curable.
    I am Bethan’s boyfriend and I have been with her for 2 years spending more time with the Bowhays than my own family and I couldn’t have meet a nicer family! They would do anything for anyone often putting people well before them.
    It is my wish for them to have a family experience where as a family they get to have a time where they can forget the reality of what is going on and focus on what is really important making memories as a family.
    I hope that you see how important it would be to this family to have this surprise as it would change their perspective!
    I hope to hear from you soon
    Many thanks
    Daniel Sanders
    (Bethan’s boyfriend)

    Sent from my iPhone

  7. kareem hudson says


    The last couple of weeks have been hard. We received Koby’s ashes last week and it really hit Erin hard. Knowing that it is real and he will never come home is a realization I don’t think Erin was ready or willing to accept. Aspen, Erin’s daughter, has also been a challenge. Here is a teenager who lost her brother and doesn’t know how to cope either. Recently her Father reached out to her on Facebook after 16 years of having no contact.

    Talk about everything happening at once. Erin really is distraught and wonders why the weight of the world is at her toes. Koby’s death has rocked us all and Erin can’t and doesn’t want to know deal with Aspen’s biological father whom has never been there. She wonders what’s the motive?

    Anyhow, I reach out once again, to see if you or someone in your network can help me do something special for Erin, Aspen, or the family in general. As always I appreciate you taking the time to read.

    Kareem Hudson
    3391 Toopal Drive
    Oceanside, CA. 92058

    Dear interested reader;

    I met Erin Conley 9 years ago. At the time she was a single mom who had a daughter she lived with in a 2 bedroom apartment down by the beach and a son who lived with his father in Michigan.
    Erin is/was a cosmetologist and worked long days while her daughter, Aspen, would spend most of her time with her Aunt Dawn or Grandma Debbie. Back then Aspen was pretty close to both of them. Erin would see her son Koby on alternating holidays because of visitation rights she had established with his father. At the time I met Erin; Aspen was 9 and Koby was 12-13.

    I had never really dated anyone that had kids, but something was different about Erin and her kids. Aspen was kind and sweet and very dependent on Erin. I think because Erin worked so much Aspen relished the time they were together. Koby on the other hand, when I first met him, was a fireball of goofiness. Koby never really took life that serious and always just wanted to make people smile. Including his mother! I only saw Koby maybe 1 or 2 times a year but it was always good to have him.

    Every year- Dennis Raymo; would fly all the grandkids to Wisconsin, where he has a Cottage on the lake, with his own pier and beach (that is really what they call it there). He has a pontoon boat, speed boat, inner tubes, you name it. I always got to see all the pictures and hear about all the fun and thought man what a great family tradition. Erin usually didn’t go because of work and her BAD case of FEAR of flying. So when I met her, when the kids were gone, she was usually at home alone taking care of business.

    Fast forward 2 years after meeting and dating off and on over that period, Erin gave me the news that she may be pregnant. That was followed with I am not sure if you are the father. She explained the whole scenario to me; I/we both needed time. After a week or so we came to an agreement that if it was mine we would work things out and try to start a REAL relationship. My mother was ecstatic, especially since I was 35 years old with NO kids- which meant NO grandkids for her. LOL.

    Well after Jesaria Chance Conley-Hudson was born; 15 months later we welcomed Ahlaiha Zhade Conley-Hudson into the world. Koby happened to be around when both were born and really loved his baby sisters. He would spend lots of time holding and playing with them. Over the years Koby would see them less and less, and he also would skip going to grandpas cabin, even though it was a once a year event. Erin-myself- and our girls didn’t start the tradition until we felt they were old enough and it would be safe to go.

    The first time we all went as a family was 2012, Koby didn’t make it that year either and only one of Erin’s nephews Chase Blaker actually went out of the rest of the family. It seemed as the kids have gotten older going to Grandpa’s in Wisconsin just isn’t fun anymore.  For me it was one of the best vacations I have ever had and my girls quite enjoyed it too. No cell phone, no computer, a real vacation! Erin was real sad that Koby didn’t go but we moved on.

    2013- Grandpa’s cabins time- Erin had been talking to Koby every other day trying to convince him to go. She pleaded; reminded him that his sisters had forgotten who he was it had been so long since they had seen him, who knows how much longer Grandpa Raymo would be around to do this for the family. Koby just wanted to party; I guess that is what you do at 20 years old. (It seems so long ago). Needless to say Koby didn’t go; through all the pleading- and this would be the first year that none of Erin’s nephews went (totaling 4) or her sister. It was our little family of girls and Aspen brought one of her friends, Olivia. Me, Grandpa, and 6 girls/women- what a hoot!
    We still made the best of it and had tons of fun. A&W Rootbeer, Friday Night Fish Fry, OMG yum!

    So what is the point of why I am writing you? I am writing you to tell you that Erin has dedicated all of her time to being a FULL-TIME mother. She doesn’t “work,” but she “WORKS,” everyday, very hard. She takes the 3 kids to 3 different schools, picks them up- takes them to separate activities- comes home feeds the family dinner (she makes sure we all eat together every night!) puts them to bed and repeats that process 6 maybe 7 times a week. She is the kid’s lifeline and mine for that matter. It would take pages for me to describe all that she does for and with the kids.

    I/we are blessed at how good a mom she is. Aspen and Koby complain about how tough she is, but I try to explain she just wants to keep you safe and see you become a success at whatever it is you want to be.

    The week of July 20th, 2013 Erin and Koby had been communicating almost daily. Koby was frustrated and really wanted out of Michigan. He had talked about coming to California to live for a while and was finally ready to make the move. Erin kept that from me, but basically told Koby, just get your butt out here and we will make the rest happen.

    Back story- when I met Erin I moved into her 2 bedroom beach apartment. When Jesaria was born, things got a little crowded. I had BAD credit at the time- and Erin told me I would never get her out of that apartment (605 North Nevada Apt. E- she lived there for 9+ years), she was proving to be right. Until we found a little 3 bedroom house (517 North Nevada- 2 years) and the landlord made some concessions about my credit and we moved in. Erin’s caveat was that she always wanted to be close enough to walk to the beach. Once Ahlaiha (La La) was born- I again had to hear how I would never get us into a bigger house. After about 5 months of searching and over 80 houses viewed- we both decided on (3391 Toopal Dr. 4 bedroom, 2 story, 2800 Sq. Ft house with a huge yard.) My mom also moved in with us and it has been great so far. Except for the fact that it is 3 miles from the beach Erin loves our house.

    Back to Koby- So Erin and him were making this plan to get him out to California and away from the Michigan scene- were frankly there just wasn’t much going on. Koby’s father is diabetic and lives with Koby and his 4 friends out in the country and they just have a good time partying it up. So it would have been a good move for Koby to move and get some structure. Erin and Koby finished their conversation around the 18th of July- told each other the loved one another and would talk to each other soon.

    On July 20th, 2013 we received a call from Erin’s dad- Dennis Raymo (Grandpa) and he asked to talk to me. A little bit weird, but I had written him a check for our flights over the summer (he never cashed it) and I was thinking he wanted to tell me, “sorry but I need to cash it,” I had no idea what he was about to lay on me.

    Kareem- he says- I don’t know how to tell you; but especially Erin, this news. I says ok, not really knowing what was up- Koby was killed in a CAR CRASH this morning. OMG! I call out to my mother because I don’t really know what is being said to me. As my mother is coming outside to hear the news from me; Erin busts through the door and says its Koby isn’t it? I have a bad feeling in my stomach that something has happened to Koby? What is it?

    I handed her the phone and she had to hear what I would call the most horrifying news any parent would have to hear that her eldest (only boy) son had been tragically killed by a DRUNK DRIVER. Koby Raymo and Russell Ward were headed home about 1:52 AM Michigan time when Lisa Lynn Bergman crossed over into their lane and hit them head on. Instantly killing both boys and Lisa lived- basically was in the hospital for 4 days and walked away with no real injuries.

    Why did this happen? Well Lisa was out on bond for 2 prior DD incidents including alcohol- prescription pills, and various other drugs. The newspaper article deemed her a HABITUAL OFFENDER! Why was she able to get access to a vehicle when she had a suspended license and was out on bond? Lisa also has 3 boys, who are safe and sound at home, while she was able to get on the road and KILL Koby, his cousin, and RIP the heart out of so many families and friends that GRIEVE at the loss of Koby and Russell.

    She will be prosecuted, hopefully as high as 2 counts of 2nd degree murder. That will not bring the boys back- but it will keep her from doing what she has done to my family- and the other families involved.
    Erin’s mom (Debbie Hopkins) had to pay for our flights to Koby’s funeral. Grandpa Dennis and the other Grandparents, on Koby’s father side, had to put up the money for Koby’s funeral and cremation. Although Erin and I have a nice house and nice cars- we just don’t/didn’t have disposable income to take on such a sudden tragedy. God bless the Grandparents and family that have helped during these hard times. My job was nice enough to let me go with Erin for just about a week- when I only started with the company 3 months ago and had already taken an 11 day vacation to WI..

    At the funeral Erin, her Father his girlfriend, Aunt Dawn Erin’s Sister and her nephew, Uncle Gary and his wife, Uncle Kevin and his wife and Aspen (Erin’s daughter) plus a handful of other people Erin knew were there to support her/us. The rest of the people there 100+ (these young men were much loved) were there to support Eric Atkinson and Angie (Eric’s ex), Ashlynn (Koby’s half-sister) and Dan (Koby’s half-brother). At the end of the funeral I sat there and watched countless people walk by Erin and her family (I realize these people didn’t know her or us- even though the DVD was playing on the screen the entire time showcasing Koby’s Michigan family and his California/Michigan/Wisconsin family,) they paid their respects to Eric and (his ex) Angie. A few people were nice enough to pay their respects to Erin and Aspen and the rest of the family. Erin didn’t even notice what I noticed- but I am the protector that wanted to make sure Erin and Aspen were ok. It just really hurt me to see all those people, young and old, walk right pass us (front row) and go to Koby’s father, Step Mom, and other siblings to pay their respects.

    Since we got back I started thinking of how I could do something nice for Erin. Pay my respects in some way, shape or form. Since we got back on July 25- It has been REALLY hard for Erin. She can’t believe we were in Michigan (and didn’t bring back her boy so he could start a new life in California.)

    I came up with writing to you and your show and asking if you can help make a wish (es) of Erin’s come true. She gives/gave so much. Not just to our family but to so many others. Whether it be volunteering at the kids school or church, Girl scouts, the local YMCA, or wherever she is needed. She is a god send and deserves a little bit of kindness shown her way.

    Last but not least, we have been together for 7+ years (officially) and we never got married. Tons of excuses- no money for wedding or honeymoon, time off for honeymoon, location, etc. She has a ring that I bought her and proposed to her with the birth of Ahlaiha but I would love to get her a new ring- give her, her, dream wedding and help ease the pain of losing her son Koby EJ. Raymo (may he R.I.P.)

    Thank you for reading/listening and I plead with you to help me make some of her wishes come true.


    Kareem Hudson
    3391 Toopal Dr.
    Oceanside, CA. 92058

  8. Michelle birky says

    This individual is my mother. She’s been a hero not just to me but to many others in so many ways. She has been a single mom of 4 for 18 years making less then 10 dollars an hour. After my sister passed away at the age of 21 for unknown reasons she dedicated he life to helping others. We had what needed and more even if some nights she didn’t eat or get what she needed. It wasn’t only us that she helped and raised she kept and feed bought clothes for many kids in my neighborhood that their parents abandoned, couldn’t take care or abused them. She is still helping others as we move out others in need move in. Not only does she have a full time job but she’s also goin to school to be a counselor for children and women who have been abused or addicted to drugs or alcohol. She is amazing and deserves something good to happen to here after all the good things she done for everyone else.

  9. Jason says

    My beautiful wife and I have 4 children together and have been together since we where teens. I want to let the world know what a blessing she is to me and her family. We have all experienced hard times in are life and have struggled and managed through them with a smile and some wife has lost so much family in the last 9 years from close friends to cousins and uncle’s. well recently my beautiful wife’s heart was broken in half on may 14th 2014 when she lost her only sister on that early morning. The pain has just pained her in every way possible. Not only did everything tumble down on her she recently was furloughed from work and now we have taken in 4 of her sister’s children and grandmother to care for because her sister was the main care taker of the grandmother and the children had nobody else to turn to for care of them. Are home isn’t very big and now with us both searching and working temp jobs to keep food on the table with a family that went from 6 to 11 on one tragic day. I never show emotion very well or expect a handout but one thing I would like to show the world is my wife is differently a strong women and if I could give her anything she ever wanted I would. Thank u for reading and maybe u could surprise her something and lift her spirts.

  10. mogdi says

    Tess is a Bakery Manager and has made the most beautiful cakes for her customers, She has even brought her customers in such tears because she’s put the effort and hard work in heart towards them! She carries a beautiful positive Christian attitude towards others at work and around her! People i have seen look up to her, even when she doesn’t know them very well; she carries a heart that i have never seen in my life! Tess is a Hero who is making a change in everyone’s lives! She gives charity money for Cancer, for the Ice Bucket Challenge, she also does It Works foundation where she makes others feel better about themselves if they have been struggling with their weight! She has been through a lot, but i know she would appreciate it if she was heard and was a Hero!!! Tess has been through so much in her life, but she is a very strong person who has the biggest heart out there for so many people around her! People look up to her in so many ways, they look up to her as an example, a leader in her community, a role model towards others, She carries a strong heart that not many people have when they go through a tough time in their life, But because of her strong belief in Christ she is a positive role model who deserves the very best in life! I want Tess to be heard, especially with everything she has been through! She is the strongest, kind hearted, beautiful person who makes a difference in everyone’s lives! For someone that has gone through such pain that brings joy and happiness towards others around her deserves it! She makes people feel good about them, and is a Hero is so many people’s lives! Tess had a very sweet 7 year old boy names Devin Lee Joseph Lara, They had found out that he had a stage 4 cancer, It shortened his life that devastated her and her family, But because God has been working in her life, She has made a huge impact and a big Hero for everyone around her! Tess has always carried a heart inside her for others around her! She is a Hero for sure! Tess is a Hero for change for life, who has been through a lot in her life.. Knowing she carries such a positive attitude towards others around others, knowing she’s brought tears in her customer’s eyes with her beautiful work with her cakes! Tess needs to be reached out there and heard on how hard she’s working towards her life and her son as well. I would appreciate it a lot if she got chosen for her dedication in her life! Thank you!