While our health care workers risk their lives to treat those suffering in this global health crisis, Brittany Berg of Sandy has taken it upon herself to make sure they also are treating themselves with something sweet in their off-hours.
Berg has not been unaffected by the economic impact of this crisis, suffering a loss of work as trainer for a local athletic club and having orders for her side business Berg Confections canceled or minimized because of the restrictions on gatherings. However, she's been trying to find the bright side, and spending a lot of time baking.
While baking for custom orders, Berg said she often ends up with excess batter and dough when doing something new, so in the name of "maximizing waste," she often uses that excess to practice techniques like decorating and frosting.
One day she got the idea to maximize waste in a more meaningful and compassionate way and began baking to give treats away to healthcare workers, then expanded her giving to include first responders like Sandy Fire Department.
"We're surrounded by so many amazing people and amazing workers on the frontlines right now," she explained, adding that she already held health care workers in high regard since she has a son with a compromised immune system and virally triggered asthma.
"They'll always have a special place in our hearts," Berg said. "I also have a family friend who's a nurse, (and) I just thought about how excited she gets when we make stuff for her."
This idea began with a small personal cake and ended up producing more than 50 batches of cookies, cakes and other treats all given to those working on the frontlines right now.
"We don't take care of ourselves these days and everyone needs that moment to themselves," Berg noted.
Berg personally finds that "me time" — as a mother of three — in working out. That's actually what ignited her career as a trainer. But Berg also recognizes that moment when you get a treat as a bite of "me time" for people.
"(The gym) is where I learned my self-love and got that hour or two to just be Brittany," she explained. "I think when you sit down and eat a snack that's just to fill a need. There's a little more that goes into dessert."
Berg put up a photo of her personal cake on March 25 in the Sandy Community Information page on Facebook, offering to give it away, but so many people responded nominating deserving frontline workers, Berg decided to take on as many orders as she could.
"I did not expect my small bakery to get that many nominations," she said. "I soon realized that one personal cake would not be enough to show appreciation."
In the day that followed Berg made 31 desserts, and then later another 20. She then hosted a porch pickup for people receiving treats.
"I don't condone social gathering right now," Berg explained. "I hope my business can prevent some people from running into a store."
While Berg has slowed down production of appreciation treats, she is still taking orders from folks celebrating birthdays with family in quarantine and the like. "So much love came out of this and some of the recipients wrote the kindest letters of what this means to them," Berg said. "I hope people take away (from this story) how we all have something to give no matter how small."
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