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Church Bake Sale Raising Money on Election Day: It’s a Mission

By Daniel Loftus, BDJ 364.01

Published on November 6, 2018
Two women sitting one woman standing next to a table with baked goods

For the first time since the 2016 election, United Methodist Women are holding a bake sale. Evelyn Disinger (middle) and Jackie Sadowski (right) help run the stand all day. (c) 2018 Daniel Loftus

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Daniel Loftus: As voters flow into Erwin First United Methodist Church in Syracuse to place their vote today, one thing is catching their eye before they get to the booths.

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Loftus: The United Methodist Women group is hosting a bake sale at the church’s voting site today. Several women from the organization are running the stand all day when people come to vote.

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Loftus: The money goes to their national organization and is raised to support missions for women and children. President of the United Methodist Women Barbra Gilbraith (gil-breath) says the stand has had success early at the busy polling place.

Barbra Gilbraith: They enjoy seeing the food and they have just have gobbled it up!

Loftus: She says election day is perfect for their sale of the home-baked goods because of the type of people passing by.

Gilbraith: They’re civic minded when they come out so I think they’re more inclined to give to an organization that is doing good for somebody else.

Loftus: Gilbraith says making 400 dollars today on the sweet treats is a successful election day. For Democracy in Action, I’m Daniel Loftus.

Sweet treats greet voters in Syracuse.

At the Erwin First United Methodist Church polling place in Syracuse, the United Methodist Women’s group is holding a bake sale all day for voters passing by. Women from the group are running the stand all day as long as the baked goods last.

The group is raising money for their national group which will distribute the money to support national and international missions for women and children. The money is also used for missionaries in the field, but this group’s main focus is the women and children projects. The group also raised money during the 2016 election with a bake sale at the church.

“The bigger elections¬† bring in more people,” said Barbra Gilbraith, President of the United Methodist Women of the Erwin First United Methodist Church, “so you get more money of course.”

one woman sits and one woman stands next to table with baked goods

Marjory Yelton (left) and Barbra Gilbraith (right) are both members of the United Methodist Women. (c) 2018 Daniel Loftus

Members of the group home-baked all the goods last night in preparation for the event. Gilbraith says the group didn’t discuss a specific goal for total money raised on election day,¬† but she said a total of around $400 would be a strong day for the group.

“Anything we get is better than nothing,” said Gilbraith.

The polling place was busy throughout the morning, and Gilbraith said the voters enjoyed seeing the baked goods as they entered the building.