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The "worldwide" vegan bakes sales are a huge hit here in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.
The bake sales are an all around win-win situation for everyone.
- funds for a worthy cause get raised
- vegans look better for doing it ( you know the old "why don't you do something to help PEOPLE" dodge)
- the tasty backed goods are a great advertisement for living vegan
- you can get people to take vegan literature who might not otherwise stop to take a look.
I usually go to these things myself because they baked goods are tasty and unique. Often of higher quality than what people can buy in the area ( bakeries are in short frequency ).
Nothing makes a good impression about veganism like good food does. When I leaflet I never have trouble giving away vegan recipe booklets.
Interestingly, one group in my area that does the vegan back sale also combines it with a mini "fawna vision" which seems to work very successfully with the vegan bake sale.
They get a portable monitor, play excerpts from Earthlings on it, put a huge cardboard box over it and then offer to pay people $1 do watch it for a while.
This works well at the vegan bake sales since people who are not interested do not have to see it and the bake sale attracts non-vegans to the exhibit. Often young people, who are happy to earn a dollar do it. Younger people are also more likely to be open minded.
They have been doing this mini fawna vision for years and they have had a high ration of people's whose views have changed to the money they have spent.
"The plural of anecdote is not data." (Roger Brinner)
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