Thousands of teacakes are soon to be baked to benefit the recovery effort in West, TX

BURKE, TX (KTRE) - The ovens are hot and the rolling pins are read for a massive teacake baking operation.

"Teacakes for Ministry" is baking and selling hundreds of dozens of teacakes to benefit those affected by the West, Texas explosions.

Pam Burnett will be elbow deep in flour for two days, rolling dough, cutting shapes and packaging teacakes.

Burnett coordinates, "Teacakes for Ministry" in Burke. The group has baked and sold thousands of teacakes over four years, all benefiting those in need.

"So far, we raised $5,000 to send to people who need it," said Burnett. "We've done Hati. We've done Lakota Indian children and this year we want to do the victims of the explosion in West, TX."

The idea for "Teacakes for Ministry" was born after the earthquake in Hati.

"It started back when Hati had its first earthquake and that year we did 500 dozen teacakes that we sold. Of course, that doesn't county what we ate," said Burnett with a smile.

Burke United Methodist Church, Diboll United Methodist Church, Ryan Chapel United Methodist Church and Saint Patrick's United Methodist Church, all work together to take on the massive baking undertaking.

"Men, women, children all come and help to bake teacakes," says Burnett. "It's a huge process, just rolling them out, cutting them out, baking them, getting them out of the ovens, you know marking bags, bagging them up, deliveries, it's a big process."

Reverend Becky Love, pastor, at Diboll United Methodist Church says "Teacakes for Ministry" is paying it forward.

"The reason I think that we participate in that is that there have been times in our lives and our communities where we have suffered loss and have had people be with us and help us so its our way of giving back for what has been done for us in the past," said Love.

Love says every cent from every cookie sold will directly benefit those in West.

"We have a program in the United Methodist Church called UMCOR, United Methodist Committee on Relief, and for any kind of disaster or need in the world they receive funds for that and so there is a special fund being received for West, Texas and every penny that we send for them will be used for that purpose. There's not administrative costs, every cent we send will actually benefit the people of West, Texas," said Love.

"Teacakes for Ministry" is taking orders through the end of the week. A dozen teacakes is $5 and a gift basket is $10. The gift baskets are a special addition this year for Mother's Day. The gift baskets will include decorated teacakes, placed on skewers and look like a beautiful flower bouquet.

To place an order call Pam Burnett at: 936-829-4631 or Diboll Methodist at: 936-829-4470.

Order will be delivered/available for pick up Monday, May 6.

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