Van Wert Elementary student Adria Webster poses with Van Wert United Way Director Vicki Smith.
Van Wert Elementary student Adria Webster was nearly stunned to collapse when she received the message from her mother to her fifth grade Elementary Class recently that she finished in first place at the second annual Cup Cake Wars held at the Wassenberg Art Center.
“The winning agency was Buckeye Y and the winning baker was 10-year-old Adria Webster,” said United Way Executive director Vicki Smith. “The total amount raised was $3,800 to Buckeye Y, thanks to Adria’s generous baking efforts.”
Adria’s mother, Whitney Webster, referred to her daughter’s gift for baking as “intuitive.”
“Several years ago she said to me, ‘can I bake a box of cake mix,’” said Webster. “She started to want to bake things for charity events such as church and things of that nature.”
Webster said that the first time her daughter reached out for a charitable cause was when she baked for her friends’ birthdays.
“There’s something about people being kind to each other,” said Webster. “It is so important to her that everyone is kind to each other.”
The idea of Adria getting involved with the Cup Cake Wars came from friends of the family who encouraged Adria to get involved with the event.
Whitney Webster said that she and Adria checked to see what United Way Groups still needed someone to bake their cupcakes.
“Most of the groups were already taken,” said Webster. “Adria wanted to contribute to a group that was involved with young people. When she saw that Buckeye Y could still use help, she chose to bake cupcakes for them immediately.”
Webster said that giving of herself to giving cupcakes and reaching out to others paints the total picture of her daughter’s personality. She noted that Adria is always looking for ways to reach out to others, beyond the cupcakes.
Webster admitted that there are certain traits that her daughter has picked up from her father, Trevor Webster, who works through Edward Jones.
“She bakes cupcakes and sells them various places,” said Webster. “She already realizes that the more money she saves back, the less loans she will have to take, and she always gives 10 percent of her income to the Lord.”
“She credits her love for Jesus for her desire to give to others and other causes,” added Webster. “There is nothing more important to her than to be kind to each other and to reflect Christ’s kindness to everyone.”
Original article courtesy of Times Bulletin