CHIPLEY - A local 10-year-old girl is sprinkling compassion for Eastpoint fire victims in a very sweet way.
"I felt compassion for them," said Breanlea Thornton.
The Washington County Christian School student is selling cupcakes Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Brickyard Market, 1377 Brickyard Road. Each cupcake is $3. All proceeds from the Sprinkled with Love bake sale campaign will be donated to help the fire victims.
Brenlea said she decided to use her culinary talents for the cause after her family's shop was damaged by a fire a couple of weeks ago. She originally thought up an idea to raise money to cover the shop's losses; but, her grandmother reminded her about the need at Eastpoint and Brenlea sprung into action.
"She just couldn't believe how bad it felt for us to lose all of our tools," said Brenlea's mother Kristen Thornton. "Just seeing what we had lost - which wasn't everything - just stirred her heart up."
More than 100 men, women and children have been displaced by the June 24 brush fire, which scorched about 820 acres, according to a July 8 story from sister-paper The News Herald. The fire originated as a prescribed burn by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, but turned incidentally turned tragic.
The victims have relied on community support as they continue to wait on governmental aid.
With more than 18 dozens of the specialty cupcakes pre-ordered by Friday afternoon, the local community has already demonstrated support for Brenlea's effort. Thornton is hoping is businesses will make large orders - or simply donate - to ramp up proceeds.
"I would love for the businesses of Chipley and surrounding areas get involved and donate," she said. "I was just really hoping to make it big for Brenlea and for Eastpoint. I want Brenlea to see she is making a difference in the world - even at age 10."
"We try to explain to our children to help others in need," she added. "It makes me feel good that at such a young age, she is following that and understands that helping others is the number one goal for Christian People."
Locals may be familiar with the cupcakes. The recipes Brenlea is using are renditions of Thornton's cupcakes from her now closed boutique Little Obsessions that once sat near The Colonial in downtown Chipley.
Monday evening, Brenlea was baking batches of cupcakes with one thing in mind.
"I will get a lot of money to give them," she said.
In addition to purchasing cupcakes at the Sprinkled with Love bake sale at Brickyard Martket, 1377 Brickyard Road, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, donations are also being accepted through a PayPal account; use email: firstname.lastname@example.org.