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Bakery spreads "sweet delight" to struggling children and homeless

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  • American Aid Foundation Founder/President Frank Slove & Director Carmen Gonzalez present Mariana's Bakery Owners Carmen, Miguel Jr.(son) and Miguel Sr. Gonzalez a Certificate of Appreciation for their continued generosity to the Foundation's programs. (L-R)

    American Aid Foundation Founder/President Frank Slove & Director Carmen Gonzalez present Mariana's Bakery Owners Carmen, Miguel Jr.(son) and Miguel Sr. Gonzalez a Certificate of Appreciation for their continued generosity to the Foundation's programs. (L-R)
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A local Wheeling bakery seeing the plight of those young and old alike struggling with adversities whether it be economic, developmentally delayed, or other physical and mental abuses makes a long-term commitment to provide bakery goods, for a sweet escape, that so many do not have the opportunity to enjoy.

Mariana's Bakery owners Miguel and Carmen Gonzalez have always had a strong sense of community and have donated cakes and cookies on the occasion there was a need for those less fortunate, but they have now made a major commitment to bring some sweet joy into the lives of those in need in the Wheeling and surrounding Chicagoland area. "Our son Miguel Jr. volunteers for a program called the Mobile Theater Unit that the American Aid Foundation runs in which they do "movie nights" for developmentally delayed children, abused children, homeless Veterans and other homeless. He talked so much about what an outstanding program this is and how happy it makes those children that attend" said Miguel. "After seeing this program firsthand we felt this was the perfect way for us to start giving back, in a big way, to the community, that has supported our business for so many years, by supplying the American Aid Foundation with cakes, cookies and pastries for each "movie night" event.

"When we saw this wonderful program and talked to those running the Foundation about this and their other programs, helping homeless Veterans and other homeless, we knew we found the perfect organization to provide our wonderful bakery goods to and that they would be used to help those who really would appreciate our bakery goods that they normally don't get a chance to eat" added Carmen.

Mariana's has since expanded their donations to include the America Aid Foundation's Homeless Comfort And Care program that helps aid homeless Veterans and other homeless by delivering much needed items to them directly on the streets where those in the worst situations live.

"It's a commitment that we are proud to donate to and being able to see the end results of where are donations go makes it even more satisfying" said Miguel.

The American Aid Foundation welcomes any other businesses that would like to help out those less fortunate in the Chicagoland area and invites anyone interested to come see their programs in action.

Buffalo Grove based, the American Aid Foundation is an Illinois chartered and registered 501(c)(3) humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization providing aid to those in need anywhere in the United States and is guided by its core beliefs of providing Compassion, Comfort And Hope for people in their time of need.

For Additional information please call (847) 363-1332 or visit www.AmericanAidFoundation.org

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