Maria Wassef prepares boxes and cupcakes to ship to varoius homeless shelters across Florida. Wassef, 55, who lives in Naples, started the charity, Maria's charity, Maria's Cupcakes for the Homeless,  in early 2009 to lift the spirits of people whose birthdays often go unnoticed. Today, she sends about 2,700 birthday cupcakes each month to 45 shelters in Florida and California. Lexey Swall/Stafff

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Maria Wassef prepares boxes and cupcakes to ship to varoius homeless shelters across Florida. Wassef, 55, who lives in Naples, started the charity, Maria's charity, Maria's Cupcakes for the Homeless, in early 2009 to lift the spirits of people whose birthdays often go unnoticed. Today, she sends about 2,700 birthday cupcakes each month to 45 shelters in Florida and California. Lexey Swall/Stafff

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