My name is Elicia Hammond,  Founder and Director of  “Birthday Cakes 4 Free”, and volunteer baker for my local Santa Cruz, CA chapter. I was born and raised in Northern California. I am married, with a grown daughter, two step-kids, and a cat. I am a Registered Dental Hygienist and a Certified Medical Assistant.

Before I started Birthday Cakes 4 Free, I rarely cooked, in fact I hated cooking. Baking cakes inspired me to try other things and now I enjoy cooking and I am getting pretty good at it! I am mostly a self taught baker. I took one decorating class, but learn mostly from books, videos on You Tube, web sites and asking lots of questions!

I am often asked how I started “Birthday Cakes 4 Free”. In 2008, my 40th birthday was coming up and instead of a big bash for myself, I wanted to find a way to give to someone else. I had an idea about having birthday parties for needy kids. I sent e-mails to friends and raised $1,300 in donations. When the first party I hosted at a homeless shelter wasn’t as successful as I hoped, I looked for another way to make a difference using the rest of the money. I read an article in People magazine about a woman who started a non-profit called “Free Cakes for Kids”. I joined her organization for about a year, then decided to start “Birthday Cakes 4 Free” in January 2010. We now have numerous chapters across the USA!

Due to the time it takes to personally manage this organization, I had to make the decision to no longer open new chapters.

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