Donald A. Baker Foundation’s annual holiday campaign for kids is underway

By: Billy Adams
| Published 11/29/2022


THE WOODLANDS, TX -- On January 2, 2021, Donald Baker, an endeared candy store owner, and beloved Woodlands area resident passed away at the age of 89. He and his wife owned and operated The Candy House on 27160 Glen Loch Drive for over 25 years, and along with some of the best candy around, they provided a warm smile, a loving heart, and a caring spirit to everyone that entered their store.

After Don’s passing, a kid-focused foundation was set up by his granddaughter, Kelly DiSalvo, and according to Kelly, the mission of the Donald A. Baker Foundation is to fund and support programs and organizations that directly improve the health and well-being of children. Kelly wants the foundation to continue the job of helping kids in need, a mission that was close to her grandfather’s heart.

The foundation participates in several fundraising events throughout the year to help enrich the lives of children.

From November 18 through December 16, donations will be accepted to go towards Texas Children’s Hospital in the form of purchasing toys to give to the hospital for Christmas. Last year’s campaign included a “Candy Cane Lane” toy drop-off held at Texas Children’s Hospital in The Woodlands as well as helping a family in need. Kelly mentioned that her foundation also works with area nonprofit organizations to help choose a family in need during Christmas to help them purchase Christmas gifts.

How can you help?

You can donate to the Donald A. Baker Foundation holiday campaign through their website as well as their Facebook page.

Click here to view the Donald A. Baker Foundation website.

Click here to view the Donald A. Baker Foundation Facebook page

The Legacy of Donald A. Baker Sr.

The legacy of Don Baker is one that will never be forgotten. He was an 89-year-old cancer survivor and veteran serving in the Navy from 1951 to 1954 during the Korean conflict. He and his wife Barbara Baker were married for 66 years. They were business owners of The Candy House located in The Woodlands, TX since 1989. Mr. Baker served over 3 generations of customers and provided smiles to the entire Houston community. Through his store, he was able to create a lifetime of joy and happiness for children of all ages. We here at The Donald A. Baker Foundation strive to continue his mission by funding and supporting programs that help to bring smiles and cheer to all children in need.

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