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High 5: Donating Dough With Kid Bread Bakery


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Few things in life feel quite as comforting as freshly-baked bread.

Kid Bread Bakery is a home-based bakery in Salt Lake City that turns out delicious offerings – usually sold to boost Ellie, Henry and Penny White’s funds for camps or vacations.

“Our parents told us if we wanted to go to summer camp, we would have to earn the money ourselves,” Ellie said. “At first we were like, ‘What? No way! We can’t do that!’”

“We’re kids,” Penny said.

“It was a lot more money than we thought we could raise by ourselves,” Ellie added.

So they baked, and baked, and baked. They delivered the goods and made more dough – so much so that they decided to give back.

This year they found Brighter Futures, a foster care organization that needed help to provide a merry Christmas for those in need.

“We were like, ‘Oh my gosh. We can do that. We can help them to have a Christmas this year when otherwise they wouldn’t,’” Ellie said.

They dropped off $160 worth of gifts and money to the organization, thanks to a little flour and sugar and a whole lot of heart.

“I loved it when the coworkers were like, ‘Thank you, you are so awesome,’” Henry said.

“Kids should know that they can do a lot if they have a goal,” mom Emily White said. “If they have an aspiration or if they want to help people, they can. Kids can do a lot.”

America First Credit Union heard about what the White kids are doing, and they wanted to help out, too. They sent Kid Bread Bakery a gift card to put toward their next project.


Crossing Guard, Educators Make Season Special


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – KSL TV has two High 5 shoutouts today, one for a crossing guard who brings some entertainment to the students heading to school, and one for an elementary principal and his neighbors who make the holiday better for others.

In Provo, Amy Wilcox is bringing lots of smiles to her neighborhood in a tough year.

She helps kids safely cross the street at 3450 North and Canyon Road – and she does it while fueling holiday cheer to everyone around.

KSL TV viewer Rebecca Weaver said Wilcox dresses up for the holidays. She wore a different costume every day through October, dressed up as Uncle Sam on Election Day, and is now dressing up as Santa and other characters from classic Christmas stories.

In West Valley City, Pioneer Elementary School principal Doug Johnson and his neighbors decided to forgo handing out gifts to each other and instead had what they called a “Night of Sharing.”

It’s the fourth year they’ve done this.

They gathered gifts and other items that parents and students at Pioneer Elementary could use during the holiday season. Then, the elementary held a gift drop-off event where families drove through, dropped off gifts, and got a picture with Santa.


The Spirit Of Giving In Sanpete County


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – It’s Wednesday, and that means KSL is once again highlighting the goodness and generosity right here in Utah. This morning, those positive vibes of volunteerism are coming from Sanpete County.

Kay Jensen has one piece of advice for people feeling down and out that may be struggling during this pandemic.

“There’s no way to feel better about yourself and about life and the world than to help somebody else,” said Kay Jensen, chairman of the Sanpete Humanitarian Council.

She’s been helping the people of Sanpete County for decades as a nurse, volunteer, organizer and mentor.

As chairman of the Sanpete Humanitarian Council, Jensen sees the direct result of her work — the “Sub 4 Santa” program, “Tree of Angels” and youth service organization bless the lives of those who are less fortunate.

And it really all comes down to paying it forward after helping hands are extended.

“They always end up coming back and paying back,” Jensen said. “If a good deed is done to them, it’s not long until they’re coming in and picking angels and they’re making stuff for Christmas and paying back.”

The council is a humble group with little more online presence than a Facebook page. But that doesn’t stop them from making a big impact, which is why Jensen nominated for a KSL High 5.

“A lot of folks down there in Sanpete (County) believe that you are that angel for so many families. What do you say to them?” KSL’s Dan Spindle asked.

“Oh, well that is so sweet of you and them. I don’t feel like I’m an angel. But I do feel like that I open a lot of doors, especially for young people,” she said.

Our friends at America First Credit Union loved what Jensen is doing, so they sent her a gift card to say thank you and help out especially this time of year.


High 5: Pop & Chip With A Neighborhood Icon

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SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — Every Wednesday for the past 16 years, kids have flocked to Buck Conder’s house in South Jordan for a tradition known as Pop & Chip.

“We picked a day, Wednesday, and then I was going to quit and they got mean and ugly about it.”

It’s a simple offering, bringing together a neighborhood. While some come for the snacks, other come for the stories.

“He was in the Vietnam War, and he tells me about that and his childhood,” neighbor Cade Swensen says.

“He told us once that he didn’t have his first soda pop until he was like in high school and he wanted other people to have that opportunity,” says neighbor Zach Kirkham.

An Army vet, Buck has seen many hard things in his life.

“I got shot up pretty bad,” he says. ” Yeah, I’ve got three Purple Hearts over there.”

The flags in his yard are a reminder of friends lost in Vietnam.

“My second month over there in December of 1966, we ran into an ambush and there were 35, and 27 were killed.”

And before that: “I was in Germany in 1961 when the Berlin Wall went up and my unit was there.”

While Buck is known for his stories, he’s also known for being a good neighbor.

“Buck makes this neighborhood feel like there is unconditional love no matter what, no matter where you come from you’re loved,” says Apryll Carter.

Which is why when word got out that he was getting the KSL High 5, everyone wanted to be a part of it.

“You are the perfect example of the High 5 and what it’s about,” KSL’s Shara Park says. “Its about celebrating those in our community making a difference, and we can’t thank you enough for doing that and making such a difference to them as well.”

We also had a little surprise for Buck from our friends at America First Credit Union.

“You’ve obviously had a great influence on those who are here present today, and as a thank you we would like to present you with a $500 gift card from America First, thank you for all you do and the positive influence you are.”

So why does Buck do this? Why buy the pop and chips each week, and wait for the little ones to come?

The answer is simple: It’s friendship.

“Every time I leave he always says thanks for being my friend, and it’s really happy for me,” Julia Thompson says.

“He teaches them how to be a friend, he teaches them what to listen for, he teaches them how to care about other people, how to have a friendship, how to be a true person who cares about other people,” says Lynette Williams.

If there’s a lesson in life you want them to know, what is that?

Buck answers, “Just be nice.”