Brothers Hot Cocoa Stand Raises Thousands For Charity
A childhood idea turned into a massive fundraiser to help others.
Brothers Evan and Joshua Greenberg had an idea to set up a hot cocoa stand to raise money for sick kids. That was 14 years ago. Today, Evan is 18 and Joshua is 16, and they're still at it. Their annual hot cocoa stand brings in thousands of dollars for charity – and it all started in their parents' garage.
Evan and Joshua made their first hot cocoa stand out of a cardboard box when they were just five and three years old. While the idea was simple, it showed a kindness and compassion for others well beyond their years.
“I feel like it was a childhood innocence almost in trying to make the world a better place," Evan told CBS2-TV .
Today, the stand has moved out of the garage, but the message of helping others is still the same.
“We're trying to help cure pediatric cancer and help the families involved," Evan said.
“It's just the best feeling in the world to know that we can have an effect on children that are not as fortunate as us," Joshua added.
Evan and Joshua recently held their 13th annual stand at the Westchester Mall in White Plains, NY to raise funds for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. To date, the brothers have raised more than $50,000. Local businesses donate the hot chocolate and cups, and the brothers also sell baked goods and hold raffles for sports tickets and memorabilia.
Evan, who's now a freshman at Syracuse University, says he's working on bringing the cocoa stand to his campus. He's also volunteered at the Bill Carroll Lab at NYU Langone Health Center to learn more about pediatric cancer.
Laura Robinson, the president of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, says that Evan and Joshua are perfect examples of the charity's mission, even at their young ages.
"Evan and Joshua's energy, spirit and kindness are priceless," Robinson told Hudson Valley Patch . "This cocoa stand is a success of the heart."
If you would like to make a donation to the Evan and Joshua's Hot Cocoa Stand,
. Even if you don't get a warm cup of cocoa out of it, your contribution to their cause will be just as sweet.