For most kids, opening Christmas gifts is a long-awaited highlight of the holiday season. But for many kids in the foster care system, Christmas is just like any other day. Growing up without a stable home is a bigger challenge than any kid should have to face, making luxuries like Christmas gifts feel like a faraway dream. An ambitious 8-year-old named Summer Linn decided to make this holiday a special one for as many foster children as possible, and to accomplish her goal, she’s turning to the power of sweets.
Summer Linn set her sights on bake sales, tirelessly whipping up batches of cupcakes to put money towards her goal. The Texas native boxes up her baked goods and then heads to a local shopping center to promote her cause. With every box sold, Summer Linn does more than raising money. She raises awareness about a heartbreaking problem that many don’t consider – through no fault of their own, foster children often don’t have the opportunity to simply be children.
So far, Summer Linn has expertly baked over 2,000 cupcakes, and at $5 per box, she’s proudly fulfilled the Christmas lists of 13 foster children (so far). She’s bringing joy to kids in need and giving Santa a helping hand.
“He’s very busy,” she told KHOU, empathizing with Santa’s hectic schedule. “They get moved a lot. They’re special no matter what anyone says or does. Seriously. They deserve a good Christmas. They need a good home.”
This particular cause is especially close to Summer Linn’s heart, hitting close to home for the 8-year-old’s entire family. Summer Linn’s mom, Max Ryder, spent years of her childhood in and out of foster care. She knows firsthand how lonely and heartbreaking the holidays are when your home doesn’t actually feel like home. Thanks to Summer Linn’s determination, however, over a dozen kids will have the Christmas they deserve.
“They deserve something that makes them feel like they’re wanted and loved,” Summer Linn said, “which they are.”
To help a child in the foster care system this holiday season, you can do so here, or contact your local social services agency.