5-year-old girl sells cookies, cocoa to cover lunch debts


VISTA, CA (CNN NEWSOURCE) – A 5-year-old California girl has a heart filled with compassion for her classmates and a willingness to roll up her sleeves and help.

The little girl sold cookies and hot cocoa to raise money to pay off negative lunch balances at her school.

Coloring in her classroom at Breeze Hill Elementary School, this shy 5-year-old girl has a big heart and a worthy cause.

“So they can have lunch. And snacks,” Katelynn Hardee said.

But lunching and snacking takes money, so Katelynn Hardee hatched a plan.

“I can give, give money to the lunch people that don’t have the money,” Katelynn said.

It all started when Katelynn overheard another student’s mother saying she was having a hard time paying for something.

That’s when the wheels in her young mind started turning.

“She’s very inquisitive. And so she started asking me a bunch of questions and I tried to answer as best as I could without too much for a five-year-old and just explained to her that some people aren’t as fortunate as us,” Karina Hardee, Katelynn’s mom, said. 

So Katelynn decided she had to help.

“Her idea was, could we do a hot cocoa and cookie stand? And I said, let’s do it,” Karina said. 

“There were cookies and a snowman and a snowflake one,” Katelynn said. 

She worked hard.

“She sat out there for probably about three hours and sold through all the cookies, all the hot cocoa,” Karina said. 

But even after three grueling hours of pedaling delicious cookies and hot cocoa, they still had to find out if donating was even possible.

“I just left a note saying my daughter held a hot cocoa fundraiser over the weekend and would love to donate the money to any of the negative accounts,” Karina said.

The money Katelynn raised paid off the lunch balances for 123 students and right on time for the Christmas season.

Katelynn is seeing firsthand how far an act of generosity can go.

“Her actions do create awesomeness,” Karina said. 

This week, little Katelynn was honored by her school with an award for her act of generosity.

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