As unappetizing as a cupcake with an eyeball on it may look, Jewel Johnson's benevolence to the Payson Humane Society was equally strong.
The Julia Randall Elementary School fourth-grader sold cupcakes decorated with eyeballs and ghosts, meringue bones and pumpkins, and other Halloween-related baked goods in front of Safeway recently, to raise money for the Payson Humane Society.
The 10-year-old decided to have a bake sale after she saw an advertisement in the Roundup by the Payson Humane Society asking for donations.
Helping her were two of her fourth-grade classmates, Loren Peters and Aspen Bauer.
"We're collecting money so they can buy things like collars, leashes, blankets, food and water bowls and other stuff they need to take care of all the animals," Jewel said.
Jewel's mother, Kerry Johnson, is proud of her daughter's efforts.
Jewel and her mother baked all the items for the sale Friday night and all profits were turned directly over to the Humane Society.
Cupcakes sold for 50 cents and larger items sold for a dollar or more.
Jewel said a lot of people were just leaving money in her jar as a donation and declining to take anything with them.
Johnson said Lynn O'Donnell, assistant service manager at Safeway, was very helpful in allowing them to set up in front of the store and even helped them get everything ready Saturday morning.
Monday morning, Johnson informed the Roundup that Jewel had managed to sell $130 in baked goods and raised $200 in donations.
She said the kids were sold-out by 2:30 that Saturday afternoon.
Johnson said Jewel would be giving the Payson Humane Society a cashier's check for $329.78.
Johnson said Safeway had agreed to allow a donation box to be available in the Safeway store until Christmas for people to leave donations of blankets, toys, leashes and collars and gift cards for pet food for the Humane Society.