MEDFORD, Ore. -- A lot of people want to thank firefighters for their sacrifice and one local baker is doing exactly that by cooking up something sweet.
“They’re real people with families and they leave their families to go on these 24-28 hour shifts and even more than that. They leave to go for weeks at a time and I think, ‘wow, I can’t imagine doing that’ and ‘I can’t imagine saying goodbye to my spouse for weeks.’ It’s a huge sacrifice that they’re making and that their families are making,” said Templeton.
Homemade and baked to perfection, Heather Templeton decided to take action. The idea came after the air quality reached unhealthy levels.
"It's easy for us to sit in the valley and complain about the smoke. I complain about it all the time,” said Templeton, “We can’t go outside and I have to keep my kids inside and it’s so easy to complain but if they (firefighters) weren’t fighting these fires it would be so much worse.”
Templeton decided to add a unique fiery touch to each of the cakes. Orange and yellow icing look like flames lining the edges of the cake and a fondant fire truck is placed on each and every one.
So far Templeton has delivered six cakes to local fire stations and would like to partner with other people to make delivery possible in more remote locations.
“I want to challenge other bakers around the valley, other home bakers, even bakeries; it doesn’t have to be cake, it cane be anything,” said Templeton, “Anything you specialize in or anything you feel like just dropping off, even a card, a plate of cookies; something to say thank you and that we’re thinking about you.”
Firefighters have asked the public to refrain from bringing any supplies or food to their fire camps but food is accepted at fire stations.
If you are interested in helping Heather with deliveries you can visit here website here.