‘No fat, no fuss’: A virtual benefit for Yukon’s Compassionate Hands

Virtual ‘No-Bake Bake Sale’ supports non-profit helping ministry

Tom McCarley and Bud Kuykendall are drivers for the Yukon Compassionate Hands’ Care-A-Van service. The nonprofit ministry’s goal for its first “No-Bake Bake Sale” is to raise $2,000, which will run the accessible vans for six months. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

Anyone who wants to help Yukon residents facing temporary crisis should participate in a bake sale this week – with no fat and no fuss.

That’s right, it’s time for Yukon Compassionate Hands’ first-ever “No-Bake Bake Sale.”

The unique online benefit is Wednesday, March 12 through Monday, March 17.

“Our goal is to raise $2,000, which will allow us to run our Care-A-Van for six months,” Compassionate Hands’ Director Joanne Riley said.

Compassionate Hands operates two accessible vans to take residents 55 years-plus and people with disabilities to medical appointments and personal errands.

This non-profit helping ministry also provides financial relief to help people with rent, utilities, medications, personal hygiene items, diapers, and gasoline; and refers individuals and families to other resources for other assistance.

People who want to support the cause should visit the website compassionatehandsyukon.org and click on ‘No Bake – Bake Sale’.

“You can buy a virtual cake for $10, a virtual loaf of bread for $25, a virtual pie or cake for $50, and a virtual wedding cake for $100,” Riley explained.

“Whatever time or money you would have spent to bake or buy something at a bake sale, you can now give easily and calorie-free to your favorite local charity, Compassionate Hands.”


Yukon’s Masonic Lodge will match, up to $1,000, the funds raised during the virtual No-Bake Bake Sale.

“As an added bonus, for each $100 donation, you will be entered in a drawing for Jaquita Icenhower’s famous, melt-in-your mouth Italian cream cake,” Riley added. “Yummy.”

A Compassionate Hands’ board member, Icenhower is a retired Yukon school secretary acclaimed for her baking proficiency.

Jaquita Icenhower

“This is a virtual bake sale, so no real cookies, bread, pie, or cake will be provided – except if you enter the drawing and win Jaquita’s Italian cream cake,” Riley emphasized.

Compassionate Hands’ supporters are urged to go online starting Wednesday for the No-Bake Bake Sale.

“This is our first fundraiser since the COVID quarantine,” Riley said. “We’re still keeping it virtual for everybody’s health and safety.

“We do plan to return ‘in person’ with our traditional, popular fall card party. The date and place are ‘to be announced’.”

For more information on the No-Bake Bake Sale, go to compassionatehandsyukon.org