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“Special Sweets” Cupcake Crew enjoying new commercial kitchen on Long Island

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — There’s a particular new dwelling for a particular group of younger adults on Long Island. They name themselves the Cupcake Crew.

CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan first instructed you about “Special Sweets” on Valentine’s Day. Since then, viewers and donors have come ahead to assist the nonprofit and the deserving bakers. 

Eight particular wants college students frosted cupcakes, combined flour and eggs, and have been overjoyed at their model new commercial kitchen. 

We first met them on Valentine’s Day, once they have been baking inside their former schoolteacher Patty Castrogiovanni’s dwelling in Carle Place. 

“We started in my kitchen and when you came to visit us the first time, and now here we are,” stated Castrogiovanni. “Look at this beautiful space.”

Nassau Boces noticed our story and provided their underused kitchen in Garden City. Happily, on the similar time, CBS viewer Andy Cioffi of Create Hope stepped ahead. 

“He happened to have seen your segment on CBS and he reached out to us immediately and wanted to help. He donated $10,000 to us,” Castrogiovanni stated. 

“They’re an amazing group and they really pour their hearts and everything. It’s uplifting to be around them,” stated Jennifer Reynoso, a Special Sweets volunteer. 

The college students have been collectively since kindergarten.

“I joined the Carle Place School District when they opened up the program. So I came in with them when they were five,” stated Lisa Brienza, a Special Sweets volunteer and former instructor. 

But once they graduated and aged out of this system, Castrogiovanni sought state approval and launched the nonprofit. 

Teamwork means serving actual prospects. 

“We’re all excited. We have like 200 employees here in the building,” stated John McGee, a Nassau Boces safety worker. 

“Now every time I step out of my office it smells like a bakery. It’s great. We’re so happy to have them here as part of our Boces family,” stated Anthony Fierro, Nassau Boces facility supervisor. 

“Special Sweets” has a number of dozen loyal prospects who order their favorites on-line and the Cupcake Crew helps ship door to door. 

“We’re happy. We cry together, we do everything together, We love them,” stated Mary Alice Abraham, a Special Sweets volunteer. 

The “Special Sweets” college students needed to particularly thank the CBS2 viewers who donated and the volunteers serving to make them really feel wanted and profitable. 

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