SOLVAY, N.Y. (Democracy In Action) – Voters leaving the Solvay-Geddes Community Youth Center did not seem hyped up Team Donald Trump or Team Hilary Clinton, but most walked out of the center with a smile and bags full of baked goods.
The annual Election Day bake sale hosted by the Solvay Tigers Auxiliary raises funds to sustain youth sport programs such as basketball and baseball.
On Monday, Carolyn Grund helped bake 30 apple pies, which she said are among the most popular of their choices. Volunteers prepared for the rush from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The three tables boasted all different kinds of cookies, pies and other sweets, like cinnamon buns and cupcakes.
“It’s for the kids,” Grund said. “It’s become a tradition.”
Dennis McCarthy, a resident of seven years, looks forward to the treats every year.
“They put me in a good mood,” McCarthy said, holding up his purchases. “And it supports the community.”
Maritza Arroyo’s son attends the youth center after school. Today, she gave money and bought a pumpkin pie for her co-workers.
“I want to do anything I can to help the youth center provide a safe space for kids,” Arroyo said. “It helps get the kids off the streets.”
The bake sale is a treat after voting, said Tiffany Collachi, a kindergarten teacher in Baldwinsville at Reynolds Elementary. She and her aunt, Barb Jacobs, bought cookies.
“We feel it is very important, especially this year, to go out and vote,” Collachi said . “It’s also nice to bring something home to the little ones who are still sleeping.”