San Mateo seventh-grader's group sells baked goods for Japan 

Katie Huddleston, a seventh-grader at Abbott Middle School in San Mateo, is one of five 12-year-old girls who raised $1,204 via two bake sales for Japan earthquake relief. Huddleston and friends Olivia Gingold, Michelle Wong, Adelle Buencamino and Arianna Richwood presented their earnings to Burlingame’s American Red Cross on Wednesday.

What inspired you and your friends to conduct this act of kindness? We are all so lucky to live the lifestyles that we do. We see how the people in Japan are suffering. It’s going to take years for them to recover what they lost. We just want to make it a little easier for them.

Was it your idea? I came up with the idea. I came up to my friends and they all agreed immediately.

Have you ever done anything like this? It’s a completely new experience, but it was really fun and I’m glad we could help.

Do you like to bake? I love to bake ... like every weekend. That’s why the idea came up.

Will you and your friends continue to help those in need? We want to do the She Is Safe, to help enslaved girls in Indonesia. We’ll probably do that next year in eighth grade.

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