“I’ve always been a do-gooder,” said Nancy Muller, the Larchmont Village resident who has served as a girl scout leader and co-chair, along with faculty member Stacy Herman, of the highly successful toy drive at St. Brendan’s that benefits Alexandria House & St Anne’s Maternity Home. Also, Muller’s husband is a local AYSO commissioner. “I am always looking for a good service project for my daughters and me that interests us.”
Muller’s daughter found Miry’s List, a website that helps new refugee families with the most urgent basic needs. The organization creates Amazon.com lists for the families and makes them available to potential donors who know their contributions go directly to the families in need. Both Muller’s daughters are now making lists for the group.
Through Miry’s List, Muller learned about “Bake America Great,” an effort to raise money for progressive causes, including Planned Parenthood. Muller contacted the group and asked if she could organize a local bake sale to raise funds to help immigrant children in detention centers. Last month, Muller, her daughter and her daughter’s friends raised $1,000 at their sale at the Larchmont Farmers Market.
“At first, I was so upset, but after ranting awhile, I thought there’s gotta be something that I can do,” said Muller. She also said she was really gratified to see the support for the sale from neighbors, including those who didn’t necessarily share her political views. The name, “Bake America Great,” is a tongue-in-cheek riff on the Trump administration’s “Make America Great Again.”
But Muller, who describes herself as a progressive concerned about women’s rights, says she’s focusing on the people.
“I realize that the fundraising power and the action of one person goes a lot further than you would expect,” said Muller. “You don’t have to be powerless, everyone can support a bake sale.”
Muller will be organizing another bake sale soon which she promised to post on the Buzz Calendar. You can also reach Muller on Facebook.
About Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.
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