Local middle schooler raises thousands through bake sales

- Ellie Feaga's annual bake sale is no small feat. 

The Glenwood Middle School eighth grader has raised more than $30,000 for a variety of charities since she began hosting the event when she was seven. 

Ellie got the idea for a bake sale after asking her mother if she could go to Haiti to volunteer following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

"There were so many people who had lost everything, including their families, and I wanted to help them," she said. "My mom said no because it was too dangerous, but told me to think of other ways I could help."

Since Ellie liked to bake, she decided that she could help those impacted by the disaster by raising funds with a bake sale. 

The sale was a runaway success, and earned more than $2,000 for the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund. 

Ellie was so proud of the results that she decided to turn her sale into an annual event, which has grown each year since. 

In addition to the Red Cross, Ellie's bake sale has benefited the Susan G. Komen Foundation, March of Dimes, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Wounded Warrior Project, a children's education fund and a local food pantry and fire department.

"It makes me feel happy and proud to be able to pull my community together and help people in need at the same time," said Ellie.

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