An 11-year-old boy that has seen a lot of people struggling is selling lemonade to help out parents that are single.
When the coronavirus pandemic hit, Cartier Carey, an 11-year-old boy, was constantly thinking about how single parents in his community were handling the situation.
During an interview with PEOPLE, Cartier said that he has seen a lot of people struggling since he was a little kid.
During the pandemic, I knew single moms were having a hard time trying to afford diapers for their babies.
After getting inspired to help out people and families that were facing problems and hardships during this pandemic, Cartier set up a lemonade stand in front of his house.
Their house is located in Hampton, Virginia, USA.
He started the kind act in July this year and saved money to help families that need his help.
Cartier sold $1 glasses of lemonade and snacks to his neighbors for a number of hours on a daily basis.
He would then use the daily earnings to buy diapers and baby wipes.
He would then set a table outside their house and would tell families in need to pick them up.
In the first 3 days, Cartier, along with his 4 siblings, parents, and kids in their neighborhood raised over $3,000.
That’s $1,000 per day!
Up until this date, the stand has collected over $7,500.
Over 28,000 diapers and wipes have been given out to mothers through the help of local shelters.
Churches and other organizations were also involved in the distribution.
Talking about the kind act that he does, Cartier said that he feels great about it because he is doing the right thing.
Britany Stewart, the mother of Cartier, who is also a prospective law student, said that her son has always shown willingness to help out other people.
30-year-old Stewart, the mother of Cartier, said:
When he was younger, he would ask me if we could give homeless people on the streets money and how we could help them. He’s helped some kids who were struggling or lonely at his school before.
The best thing about this is that this is not the only good thing littler Cartier has done.
Last year, he started making care packages, which included liquid sanitizers, hand warmers, soap, tissues, snacks, and water.
He would distribute these packages to the homeless.
Talking about his acts, Cartier said:
If some people, like the homeless, don’t have what they need, they’re not going to live for a long time. It’s hard to see, so I love to help out.
A GoFundMe campaign that was set up by the mother of Cartier has raised an additional $34,000.
Each week, they receive hundreds of requests for diapers from parents throughout the country.
The family has also received some help requests from the Philippines.
Stewart talked about being a mother and why she is allowing her son to invest so much time in helping out other people.
I have a baby in diapers still, so I can imagine what a lot of these moms who don’t have jobs are going through. I feel like if you’re able to, you should give back and help others who can’t afford to get things that they need.
Cartier said he wants to do the things he is doing right now for the rest of his life.
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