What's Sweeter Than Starting A Lemonade Stand To Help Moms In Need? Not Much!
This isn't the first time this young do-gooder has stepped up to help his community - and we're betting it won't be his last!
If the coronavirus pandemic has taught us anything, it's that ordinary people are doing extraordinary things – and that folks of all ages and background are stepping up to make a difference.
That includes 11-year-old Cartier Carey, who has been selling lemonade and other treats to raise money to buy diapers and baby supplies for struggling single mothers in his community.
"There's a shortage of Pampers and wipes in the stores because of the pandemic, so this couldn't have come at a better time," Cartier's dad Anthony Carey told WTKR-TV.
Cartier and his crew have been using all the funds from his lemonade stand to buy diapers for struggling single moms. Kids 4 Change 757/Facebook
Items at Cartier's stand cost around $1.00 each, and every penny he makes goes back to helping people in need. After only three days, Cartier has raised almost $3,000 for his cause.
Each day after the sale, Cartier and his friends go to the store and use the money they made to buy new diapers and baby supplies.
"He doesn't want to spend any of the money on himself," Cartier's mom Britany Stewart said. "He just wants to continue to keep buying diapers and giving each day."
So far Cartier has raised about $3,000 from his lemonade stand in Hampton, VA.Kids 4 Change 757/Facebook
This isn't Cartier's first planned fundraiser to help folks during the pandemic. Earlier this year, he created care packages called "Carti packs" and delivered them to the homeless population. The kits had items like deodorant, Kleenex and soap to help people stay sanitary.
In 2019, Cartier founded an organization called Kids 4 Change 757 to help those in need in his community. He hopes his charity work will inspire more kids his age to do good things for others, especially now, when a lot of people are out of work and struggling.
Cartier has been recognized by the community for his efforts and he recently received the 'People Taking Action' award from WTKR news.
Cartier's dad caught the touching moment on video when a woman stopped to thank the young man for his efforts to help single moms in the community...
"We're very proud," Britany says about her son. According to her, Cartier "has always wanted to help," and he only wants to do more to contribute as he gets older.
Cartier says he'll continue his lemonade stand for as long as possible.
Several members of the community have stopped Cartier and told him how much his efforts to help others means to them.
"It makes me feel happy that I'm actually helping people," he said.
Cartier was recently awarded the 'People Taking Action' award from a local news station. Kids 4 Change 757/Facebook
It's inspiring to see someone so young going above and beyond to take care of their community. We can only hope that more kids (and adults!) follow in Cartier's footsteps and do more to help those who are struggling.