For more than 30 years, 9 women have been getting together at 4am each morning with one goal; to brighten someone’s day through baking. They were so secretive that not even there their husbands knew about it!
Affectionately known as the 9 Nanas, these women from West Tennessee, not far from Graceland, have been baking pound cakes and sending them to people in need for more than three decades.
It all started when one of them, Mama Ruth, started baking and sending her special pound cakes to people who had recently lost a loved one. She’d simply read the obituaries in the local newspaper and then start baking.
But, once the cat was out of the bag, their children suggested that they start selling the pound cakes online. And, before they knew it, they were getting orders for more than one hundred a day!
And, true to their original intentions, they use the proceeds to support their local community. In fact, over the past 35 years the 9 Nana’s have donated more than $900 000 to local community projects.
Recently they donated more than $5,000 of pillows, linen and personal care products to a shelter for survivors of domestic violence. And this August, they’ll celebrate their second consecutive “Happiness Happens Month” by sending tokens of their appreciation to one person in every state who has made a difference in their own community.
Just goes to show that no matter who you are, if you have the vision, determination and a generous measure of positivity you really can make a difference in the world.