From the Kitchen to the Congo: Two local kids Raise Money for New Hospital

Kids' bake sale funds new hospital

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Two Louisville kids are behind a new maternity ward in the Congo and now, that 15-year-old brother and his 11-year-old sister are preparing to travel overseas for a first-hand look at the lifesaving facility taking shape as a result of their hard work in the kitchen and donations.

What do you get when you mix two siblings baking for a cause?  The perfect recipe for helping people.

"Anyone who would donate we would make them a cake and a lot of time people would just donate and not even ask for a cake," Gabe ‘The Cake Man' Feinn said.

Feinn is talking about the cakes he and his sister baked and the donations that went toward raising money for a new hospital in the Congo.

"We really wanted to do something that we knew, when people looked back on it, they would have to say 'that was god, that was not the children' because they don't have income they don't have a way to make all this money," Feinn said.

Through God and a passion for cake baking and decorating, Gabe and Livvy Feinn raised the $35,000 needed to build the hospital.  They baked about six or seven cakes a week for 11 months until they finally reached their goal.  And now, they are taking a trip to the Congo to see how their hard work in the kitchen paid off.

"It's really crazy we never thought we would actually get to go through the Congo but we're really happy that we are," Feinn said.

The project started when Gabe and Livvy saw the Samaritan's Purse Christmas Catalog and learned how desperately the people in the Congo need basic health care.  It was statistics such as one in 24 women die during childbirth, that sparked the Feinn's interest and got them baking for charity.

"I quickly jumped on and now I bake them and Gabe decorates so we're like a tag team," Gabe's younger sister Livvy said.

The two are a young tag team hoping to save lives.

"They just really have a heart for people, they value human dignity and so it really does make them so happy that we're going to get to go and meet some of those people and now that it's done it's going to affect lives going forward for a long, long time," Vicki Feinn, Gabe and Livvy's mother said.

Gabe started baking when he was just 8 years old.  His mom enrolled him in a cake decorating class which he was not happy about because he was surrounded by girls.

"He was really mad at me because he was the only boy in the class and he was really a lot younger than everyone," Vicki Feinn said.

Little did Gabe, Livvy or their mother know, that class would ignite the flame under Gabe's passion for baking and open up the oven for a journey that's taking them far beyond their Louisville kitchen.


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