Powell County girl selling cupcakes for tornado victims

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STANTON, Ky. (WKYT) - When seven-year-old Sophia Drake decided she wanted to help the storm victims in Oklahoma she told her mom she had a sweet idea for raising that money.

While most kids are spending their Fridays this summer sleeping in, Drake is spending her's frosting cupcakes.

"It's a s'mores cupcake with chocolate ganache, marshmallow cream icing and a s'more on top," Drake said as she topped her latest batch of deserts.

The idea started as a way to make some money for vacation, but that changed when pictures of the damage in Oklahoma started coming in.

"I saw on the news that Oklahoma had tornadoes and hit schools and they lost everything," she said.

"I think it really affected her, especially since last year this area was hit by such rough tornadoes," said Jennifer Drake, Sophia's mother.

So Sophia went to work. Using the love of her favorite dessert, the cupcake, as an inspiration she started raising money for the victims by selling the sweet treats at the Powell County Courthouse on Fridays.

Her mother helps her bake the treats, her brother, Timber, helps with advertising by wearing a sign saying "Cupcakes, $2."

The response at the has been positive, but even if no one bought a single cupcake, Sophia's mother would still be proud.

"She's always been a very generous kid, a very compassionate kid towards others, so it doesn't surprise me too much, but I'm very proud of her because I think that if you can instill that characteristic in a child young then it's something that will just grow as they get older," Jennifer Drake said.

The family hopes to set up shop at least six times during the summer. Sophia plans to make an Elvis inspired banana, peanut butter, and bacon cupcake as her next offering.

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