This 5-Year-Old Paid Off The Lunch Balances For 123 Students By Selling Cocoa And Cookies

Life gets hard at times, but if we all decide to help and dedicate ourselves to a worthy cause, we can make miracles happen on a daily basis.

When it comes to making changes and pursuing the right goals, we can learn a lot from children. They are the symbols of virtue, kindness, and purity in this world.

A 5-year-old kindergartner at Breeze Hill Elementary School, Katelynn Hardee, found a way to pay off the negative lunch balances of more than a hundred students at the elementary school in Southern California.

The caring little girl, nicknamed Kiki, overheard a parent say she was cannot pay for an after-school program, and turned to her mother, Karina, for help:

 She’s very inquisitive. She started asking me a lot of questions and I just tried to explain to her that sometimes people aren’t as fortunate and that we need to try to be kind and give when we can.”

Katelynn than decided to set up a stand, and sell cookies, hot cocoa, and cider, so that other students “can have a snack and lunch. If they don’t, their tummies grumble.”

On December 8, Karina said that her the hard-working daughter sat at the stand for three hours, and managed to sell the entire inventory.

They collected $80 and donated them to pay off the negative lunch balances of over 100 students.

Principal Lori Higley said:

“Everybody is just so proud and happy and other students are already talking about ways they can also make a difference. It goes to show that even one small, kind act from a 5-year-old can mean the difference for someone in their life.” 

The next goal of the little hero is to raise enough money to pay off not the “thousands of negative accounts” at schools in the Vista Unified School District.

When she set up another hot cocoa stand on December 21, volunteers offered up cookies and cakes to support her #KikisKindnessProject and raise more money.

Kiki and her mother also started an online fundraiser, with two goals: to raise enough money to pay off all 1,206 accounts in the district and to help support school programs scheduled to be removed due to budget cuts.

The team behind Kiki’s Kindness Project managed to raise an incredible $15,000 (£11,500) and Karina wrote on the fundraising page:

 “It has been an AMAZING day! We are so very grateful to all who came out today to support #KikisKindnessProject! We have made our second goal and are able to pay off Vista Unified Lunches! On to our next goal!”

They hope to raise $50,000 (£38,500) to succeed in their second goal, which is far from unachievable, considering the amazing start and this girl’s will power.

The proud mother says that it is all about kindness, and we just need a little bit more kindness out there.”