Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-02-23 05:00:20 –
Lexington, Kentucky (LEX 18) — After hearing viewers calling for more positive news content, LEX 18 is launching a new series called “Positively LEX 18”. These are inspiring stories of real people doing good and trying to make a difference, and uplifting positive things that are happening to those in need.
You might expect to find something sweet at Martine’s Pastries in Lexington, but the number of bakeries in the city’s eastern end has doubled. Not only do we bake delicious sweets, but we also serve the community at the same time.
“I was born in a small village in France, so the community was everything. We just helped each other,” said Martine Holzman, owner of Martine’s Pastries.
The bakery moved to a location on the corner of Eastern Avenue and Third Street about three years ago, and Holtzmann wanted to be an active part of the East End district from the jump. This excited Vivian Mason, Vice President of the William Wells Brown Neighborhood Association.
“We were tickled pink because they were always great supporters and great community partners,” Mason said.
Before the pandemic, Martine and her husband Jim were faithful to their words. They participated in the neighborhood association’s monthly effort to donate and create food packs for children to take home on weekends. Due to the pandemic, these meetings were no longer an option, but they still decided to find a way to help.
“I love that they were thinking about creative things that everyone could do,” Mason said.
So they added the concept of pay-it-forward to their business. Anyone who steps into Martine’s can add a donation to their invoice or simply donate. All cents go to help the children in the neighborhood who rely on this extra food, especially in times when so many families are hurt.
“It started slowly at first, so I think I did 13 packs and 42 packs at first. In total, I think I did 67 packs for kids,” Holzman said.
“We need a village. We know that for prosperity, the East End is what we want and everyone needs to play their part,” Mason added.
Through posting to Facebook and generous customers, they want their donations to continue to grow. They say the pay-it-forward option stays here, whether it’s a pandemic or not.
“It’s just a warm feeling that we can make a small impact, but at our small little level, it helps us to have a purpose,” said Martin Holtzmann.
Doing good things where they are planted. Supports one neighbor at a time.
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