Cooks Who Care

'Net Worth'


A video shown at church inspired Miranda Walters to make a difference halfway around the globe.

She saw the faces of children dying from malaria thousands of miles from her Cedar Falls, Iowa, home and knew she couldn't ignore them.

A $10 mosquito net dramatically reduces the risk African children face of contracting malaria, an often-fatal infectious disease transmitted through mosquito bites. So Miranda, 12, gave herself a goal: Raise $100, enough to buy 10 nets for the nonprofit organization Nothing But Nets.

"After seeing the video, I told my grandma I wanted to do something to help them," Miranda says. "She suggested a bake sale. So we talked to people at church, made posters and baked some things."

She and her grandmother, Jill Rechkemmer, also of Cedar Falls, made Caramel-Pecan Cheesecake Pie and Caramel-Pecan Apple Pie, both from Taste of Home. They also invited others from the congregation to help with the baking.

"At first I worried we wouldn't get enough baked goods," says grandma Jill. "But there were so many!"

The bake sale raised $640, enough to buy 64 nets.

Miranda encourages other kids to think about raising money for a cause.

"It's possible no matter how busy you are," she says. "It feels good to do something to make a difference."

Miranda and her grandmother, Jill Rechkemmer, also of Cedar Falls, made Caramel-Pecan Cheesecake Pie and Caramel-Pecan Apple Pie, both from Taste of Home.