Teen Starts Bakery To Help Pay Mom’s Medical Bills
When his mother got sick and couldn't work, he wanted to do something big to help out.
While most 14-year-olds are busy playing video games and sleeping in until noon on the weekends, Elijah Cossio has a much different agenda.
The Houston, TX native is up at 5:00 am most days so that he can get a few hours of work in before school.
No, he doesn't have a paper route. Elijah is a baker, a talent he learned from his mother, Tina Hernandez, who has been baking for over 15 years.
"I started baking as just a hobby and to learn how to make my own money," Elijah told KTRK-TV. "My mom has always taught me to work for what I want because nothing is handed to you for free."
Elijah makes a variety of baked goods to sell, including cupcakes, brownies and cookies. Elijah Cossio's Lil Bakery/Facebook
In 2017, Tina was in a terrible car accident. She had to be hospitalized and had a handful of surgeries that left her weak and unable to work. She was so sick at one point that Elijah wondered if she would pull through.
"It spiraled out from there," Tina said. "I had to undergo five surgeries and three blood transfusions and I died for 14 minutes after the first surgery. I don't remember those three months of my life."
Desperate to take some of the pressure off his mother whose medical bills were piling up, Elijah decided to start selling his homemade baked goods after school.
"I remembered how much my mom taught me with baking so I decided to step up," Elijah explains on his GoFundMe page. "I started grinding and baking daily so that I can go store to store to sell and raise money."
After a customer's video of Elijah at his bake stand went viral on social media, his sales hit an all time high.
Every morning, Elijah makes fresh desserts like strawberry cupcakes, red velvet cupcakes, cherry cheesecakes, fudge brownies and cookies. After school, he sets up a table outside of a $.99 store in Houston's East End neighborhood where he sells his sweets to shoppers passing by.
Since he started Elijah Cossio's Lil Bakery in 2017, the young entrepreneur has been raking in the dough (pun intended!). Tina says he makes anywhere from $60-150 per day, and even more on weekends.
Now that Tina is feeling better, Elijah says he'll continue sharing his passion for baking with others. He also likes that he's able to pitch in at home, and he says he's saving money to "better himself."
After hearing Elijah's story, Sergie Marquina (L) opened a College IUL policy to help pay for his education. Sergie Marquina/Facebook
Elijah told KTRK-TV that he wants to be an engineer in the Army and go to culinary school. He also dreams of owning a cupcake food truck so that he can sell his desserts in other areas of the city.
Judging by how wildly successful the bakery has been, we're sure Elijah will accomplish anything he sets his mind to.