Staten Island, NY – I did it!
After the Big Wigs on “Good Morning America” discovered our story on Maddie French on SILive.com, they had to reach out to a ninth grader who just loves baking cookies—for good reason.
Expressing interest in Maddy appearing on the long-running award-winning ABC news show, the producers asked the 10-year-old designer if she would like to speak – during the live broadcast – about her successful business venture and be part of the In the ‘Kids Creator’ section.
She said yes! »
“It was a really cool experience,” Maddy said, looking back on her fun day. “It was surreal to be on such a famous set when I saw my dreams come true. The hosts were so kind and absolutely loved cookies! Thank you, Good Morning America, for supporting my mission and my community.”
Maddie’s mother, Ilana, described the day as an “experience of a lifetime.”
She continued, “We felt very honored and privileged to be a part of the ‘Kids Creator’ segment, which is a three-day feature on Good Morning America where they have kids making an impact.”And it was great for them to see what I see in Maddy every day. We are so proud of her and the inspiration she provides to everyone. »
Maddie is happy to be able to help the community – and unlike the community helping her – which, according to Mama Ilana, is the best message in the business.
She added that it was great to hear how grateful she was to him and to express her appreciation for his family, friends, school and community.
A little bit about the bakery business Madi
In addition to running a profitable bakery business, Maddie, who bakes “homemade goods for a good cause,” donates 45% of all sales from her orders to a good cause.
She revealed that her mother was her social media manager and the number one person on her side.
Under her mother’s guidance, she tested the waters with a small shop at a local coffee shop and her business took off from there.
Maddie exclaims that she has so far donated several thousand dollars to various organizations, including St. Jude Children’s Hospital and several food pantries. And in November, the Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) was a local charity benefiting from Maddie’s acts of kindness.
“I start over every month and do it for four weeks. And I do pop-ups about once a week,” she happily recounts.
“It’s been so rewarding to watch Maddie develop her mission and her work,” said Niles, Maddie’s father. “Good Morning America” was allowed to see the entire nation unfold. All hosts and staff were very supportive. As a dad, I’m like, ‘This is my little GMA girl. ‘ We’ve had many compliments and orders from all over the country,”
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After Maddie donates money to charity, she collects her income and expenses, including fresh ingredients, bags, logos, and stickers.
“Sometimes we cater,” she said. “We also specialize — we host holiday events, birthday parties…”
Maddie says she tries to cook twice a week and goes on vacation.
“We also make cookie jars for the holidays. And every month I choose a different charity. In March, we bake cookies for St. Patrick’s Day,” she said. “We try to make everyone happy. Because charities do great things. My mother is a board member of the Sunrise Day Camp at JCC.
I thought Maddie’s Chocolate Chip Cookies were her best sellers, and her personal favorites are the Pumpkin Cookies with Homemade Cinnamon Cream and S’mores, too.
Maddie makes time for baking, but says homework first, then baking and hobbies. And she wants everyone to know that all of her products are organic and non-GMO.
In addition to mom Ilana and dad Niles, Maddie’s 5-year-old brother Noah can taste her cookies.
“We’re making sales and looking for other ways to get the audience involved and out there, often in Staten Island,” adds mother Ilana.
Maddie never thought of herself as a baker, Ilana says, and when she hears her daughter’s interview, she really learns a lot.
Check out Maddie on her Facebook and Instagram page, @maddiessweettreatshop, where all orders are taken.