The event started simple enough. Paige and Katelyn received as a gift a designer cupcake cookbook and, in typical girl fashion, they were excited to try it out.
But the fundraiser really began to bloom after Paige, age 8, found a $20 bill on the ground. At first she thought she would give it to the Ashland Care Center. But then Paige got the idea that she and her sister, Katelyn, could multiply their donation by using the money to buy cupcake ingredients and then sell them at a cupcake stand out in front of her house.
Katelyn then put a notice out on social media about the upcoming sale. She said, "With all of the tragic news about what Planned Parenthood has been doing, Paige and I have decided that it is a great time to support Ashland Care Center." She then listed the time and place for the sale.
"It was fun making the cupcakes," said Paige. "And we had a lot of business."
Her 4 year old sister, Geneva, even got in on the action. "I loved putting the gummy worms on the cupcakes and love having mommy help me," she said.
But she wasn't the only one. Kate Kaeser heard about the sale through Facebook shares and asked to donate her own cupcakes to the cause. She ended up adding 4 dozen to the 6 dozen that the Timmons girls had on hand.
"My reason for helping is twofold," said Kaeser. "I wanted to support their cause (the agency and the lives of the mothers and unborn babies). Secondly, I love to see kids thinking of others before themselves. What a different world we would live in if everyone put the needs of others before their own. I'll support that any time I can."
Paula Strickland, who had come out for the sale, said, "I think it is great that these girls are passionate about something and chose to do something about it. Not many today have that kind of enthusiasm."
"I thought it was great," said Jeffery Steiner, a neighborhood friend. "It was for an important cause, so I made a point to stop by to support it. I was impressed by the wide selection of cupcakes, and they tasted delicious!"
After the first hour of sidewalk sales business began to die down quite significantly. The girls then took to the streets with their mother, going door to door to proffer their goods. They even sold two dozen cupcakes to an excavating crew who were in the neighborhood replacing gas lines.
"I teased them about not fighting over the pink ones," said the girls' mother.
Some of the funds raised came from far off friends. As the word got around Facebook friends and family donated from as far away as Arizona and Texas.
"I'm glad that the Ashland Care Center can benefit from this," said Katelyn. "I know that they will put the money to good use."
While the cupcake fundraiser is officially over, the girls still encourage Atowners to support the Ashland Care Center.