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Holtkamp Heating & Air Finds Creative Ways to Support Local Bakery that Hires Special Needs Adult

Did you know there is a bakery here in Gwinnett that gives meaningful employment to adults with special needs? In addition to their retail bakery business, they’re a non-profit that gives free birthday cakes to foster kids, senior citizens, and others throughout our community.

Matthew Holtkamp with bakery owners Michael & Tempa Kohler.

Special Kneads & Treats is located at 156 Scenic Highway near Downtown Lawrenceville, and we’re so moved by their mission we love sponsoring them in several ways.

How did we get creative to support Special Kneads?

• We mailed vouchers to all our Comfort Club members for free baked goods. This rewards our HVAC customers but also raises awareness of the bakery.

• We added a $10 voucher to our playbill ad at Aurora Theatre, so every patron of their shows has the opportunity to enjoy something from Special Kneads while driving foot traffic into the store.

• We added a $10 voucher to the free admission ticket we sponsor at the Hudgens Center for Art & Learning.

• Each show at Aurora Theatre has a Sponsor Preview Night, and we provide cupcakes for the attendees to enjoy at intermission with signs featuring the bakery’s logo.

• Plus we made a fun video to help raise awareness and shared it on social media where it got 50k+ views!

Our challenge to you:

Our family’s theme with local non-profits like Special Kneads is “Connecting our Community.” We bring our customers and patrons of our other community partners together to support each other, and you can do the same.

If you’re an individual, please stop by the bakery and show your support by purchasing sweet treats, ordering cakes for your events, etc. Take some photos while you’re there and share them on social media to introduce your friends to Special Kneads!

If you’re a business, think how you might be able to support the bakery. • Do you have customer events or meetings that could use a dozen (or more) cupcakes?

• Would cupcakes, cakes, cookies, etc make a great client “thank you” gift?

• Could you send vouchers to your customers?

• Could you donate to this non-profit?

• Could you do an employee or customer fundraiser?

Special Kneads currently employees 16 adults with special needs, but they have a whopping waiting list of over 150 that would like meaningful employment!

Whatever you can do to help, we appreciate you embracing this remarkable local business right here in Gwinnett. Every little bit helps to bring employment to these wonderful adults with special needs that want to work and deserve a chance to contribute to our community in a safe, loving and Godly place.