This 13-year-old baker doesn’t just serve up delicious treats to paying customers – he also serves them up to the homeless and hungry people of Washington DC.
Since Michael Platt has always loved to bake, he decided to use his passion as a means of helping the less fortunate; so when he was 11 years old, he launched a baking business called Michaels Desserts.
The bakery runs on a one-for-one business model similarly to Toms Shoes: for every pastry that a customer buys, Michael gives one away to an underprivileged person.
Once or twice every month, Michael travels from his home in Bowie, Maryland to DC so he can hand out dozens of baked treats to kids, adults, and families in domestic violence and homeless shelters.
The teen philanthropist also works with the Washington DC-based nonprofit No Kid Hungry in order to distribute his pastries.
“I always wanted to have a purpose for what I do,” Michael told The Washington Post. “It’s all about helping people — not just having a purpose for yourself, but thinking about, ‘How does this touch other things?’”
Michael says he mostly fills pastry orders for people in the DC area, but he has made out-of-state shipments as well. If you want to check out some of Michaels creations or place an order, you can visit his website, Instagram, or Facebook page.
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