Finding the Helpers: Little Garden Cafe thanks first responders and healthcare workers with cinnamon rolls

SPOKANE, Wash. — The cinnamon rolls at the Little Garden Cafe are made with an extra pinch of love.

Owner Faith Alderete said she has been trying to find ways to stay open during the stay home order, but wants to use that time to help others and serve her community.

A few nurses stopped by to pick up pans of cinnamon rolls for their coworkers, which gave Alderete the idea to expand that act of kindness even more.

Alderete and her team are now working to make 1,000 cinnamon rolls for first responders and healthcare workers to show their thanks, but they also need your help.

It’s tough for Alderete to give and make that many treats by herself. So, she set up GoFundMe page to raise funds to cover the cost of product and labor to both make and deliver the cinnamon rolls. Their goal is $1,900. If more money is raised, the cafe will continue past the two weeks to bake and deliver their current goal.

“We would not be able to do that with the business coming in right now. It’s just down so low that we would just not be able to provide that many cinnamon rolls for free,” Alderete said.

If you would like to buy cinnamon rolls for yourself, you can pick up a take-and-bake tray from the cafe. They’re usually only sold during the holidays.

“But of course right now, to produce revenue, we’re offering them every day of the week,” Alderete said.

It’s been a tough few weeks for the Little Garden Cafe and Alderete. The cafe is seeing fewer foot traffic, down about 30 percent of business during the week and about 50 percent on the weekends.

Baking the cinnamon rolls with the help from the funds of the GoFundMe helps pay for her employees to stay on.

“It just feels good that we can serve our community here in the Audubon and Down River area, but also we get to serve the greater community of Spokane and these folks are working so hard,” she said.

For more on the GoFundMe, click here.