The only thing left is a handwritten sign that reads “Homemade Lemon Cranberry Cakes”.
David, 10, had set up a bakery table on August 27 outside his home. On that day, he was selling lemon and cranberry cakes – which are his sister’s specialty. The two brothers ran a small bakery business called Hof Delights For about a month.
They run the platform on weekends for a few hours a day. While David handled clients, his 15-year-old sister Kimberly developed the baking and recipes. Their goal was to make money. David dreamed of owning an Xbox, and Kimberly wanted a new cell phone. They divide the profits.
So far, their position has been successful. They sold delicious desserts—cinnamon rolls, donuts, oatmeal cookies, and scones—for between $2 and $3.50, depending on the size of the desert. Kimberly used her mother’s recipe for lemon and cranberry muffins, which quickly emerged as a bestseller.
The siblings said they sold a lot of baked goods and heard a lot of kind words from customers and neighbors.
“I felt very happy,” David said of his work. He was very proud of running the platform independently, adding, “I love connecting with others.”
But his excitement turned to disbelief when he returned from the bathroom on Saturday afternoon and saw that his attitude had been erased. The sixth grader was crushed.
“I was heartbroken. I was thinking it was my fault for leaving her unguarded,” David said, adding that he was happy to take the cash box and the leftover cake inside with him.
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His sister was also disappointed.
“It was frustrating, because we had that table for such a long period of time, and it had sentimental value,” Kimberly said, explaining that her parents received it as a gift from her cousin.
Although their earnings remained safe, everything was gone, even a reusable water bottle and paper towel that were on the table. It was theft Captured with a security camera outside the Hof family home. The footage shows a man standing in a white SUV and carrying his truck in the siblings’ parking lot. It also appears that there is a child in the back seat of the car.
The siblings’ father, also called David Hoff, said he was stunned that someone might steal a child’s baking counter. “I was so upset. It was like being kicked in the gut. How could someone do this to children?”
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“David was very heartbroken and devastated, and so was Kimberly,” Hoff continued, adding that David felt responsible for the ordeal. “They were both very disappointed.”
He reached out to the neighbors to ask if anyone had any idea about the thief, and no one knew him. He said he considered calling the police, but decided not to.
explained Hoff, who was surprised by the theft because the family lives in A neighborhood with minimal crime.
However, he did not want to ignore the incident. Decided to share the video with local news Hoping that the thief would return things and perhaps apologize to his children, who, he said, had developed a “distrust of humanity” as a result of what had happened.
Although the culprit never appeared, as the story spread, a steady stream of support poured in. Within days, the Hoff siblings received hundreds of encouraging letters from strangers. Police officers also stopped by to show their support and confirm that David was not responsible for the theft.
“I feel so lucky to be in a community where everyone cares about everyone,” said David the Younger.
“People did their best to help us by reaching out and supporting us,” his sister said.
David Ritchie and his wife Elizabeth Aiello live in the same neighborhood as the Hof family, and have stopped by their suite several times over the past month to get dessert. They were especially fond of cakes.
“I’m not lying when I tell you this: They don’t believe,” said Ritchie, 48.
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In addition to their love of cakes, the couple also admired David’s ambition and wanted to support his entrepreneurial efforts.
“I thought it was pretty impressive that he’s trying to hit his goals,” Ritchie said. “This kid got it.”
When he heard that David’s stand had been stolen, he and his wife ventured to a hardware store and bought a table and cooler, which they delivered to Hoves’ house.
David and Kimberly were elated and ready to get back to work.
“It was a really nice feeling,” said Kimberly, who started baking more scones.
“The kids were grateful to be back at work so quickly,” her father said. “I am very proud of them.”
Tim Byrne – who lives 55 miles north of Toronto in Barrie – had also seen the story and wanted to contribute. Knowing that David was working on a new Xbox, He decided to hand over one.
“I’ve been a child entrepreneur all my life,” said Byrne, 54, who spent his childhood mowing the lawn and doing other odd jobs for money. He was afraid that the theft would prevent David from staying in business, so he decided to intervene.
“I hope to inspire him to keep working,” Byrne said.
The siblings also received dozens of offers to donate to their work, which they respectfully declined.
“We’ve made it very clear that we don’t want GoFundMe,” Kimberly said, adding that she’s about to be able to buy herself a new phone. “We wanted to work for the money.”
Last week, Hove Delights received about 70 orders — including from fans in the US — and the siblings are crafting a plan to expand their business to offer shipping options.
“People from all over the world wanted to help buy cakes,” said Kimberly, who started 10th grade on Wednesday. “We are still trying to sail. We need to make a plan.”
Meanwhile, their father said his children learned a valuable lesson.
“In this world there are more good people than bad people,” Huff said. “That’s the basic story here.”
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