Eleven-year-old Cartier Carey, of Hampton, Virginia, noticed a shortage of diapers in stores during the pandemic and wanted to help. “There was no diapers at all and I was like, ‘Oh, people are having babies so I should help [them] afford diapers,’” said Cartier. So he did what kids do when they want to raise money for something; he held a lemonade stand.
Only Cartier’s stand was a bit different than trying to raise a few dollars for some new sneakers or toy; he was raising money to buy diapers, wipes and other supplies for parents who needed help during the COVID-19 pandemic. He was very successful with it too. He made about $4,500 in the first month. His stand also served as a diaper drive where people could donate diapers. That’s why as he came to his first day back to virtual school, Cartier is still hard at work loading up a truck with more than 22,000 donated diapers. He’s also been incredibly successful with a GoFundMe.
He’s already seeing some of the results of his hard work too. “You are helping so many people. You have no idea. You see this truck? I didn’t always have this truck. I lived in a church home. And coming from where I came from and now here, it’s because of people like you. People gave me diapers, you know?” said the mother. “You’re an amazing young man and you can go far.”
Even though he’s back in school now, he says he will continue his mission. His mother has even started a non-profit for him called Kids 4 Change 757, which you can find on Facebook. They hope to get other kids involved in the initiative and keep building on their efforts.
This young man is showing us the difference that one person can make when they reach out and find support in the community. It’s your Good News Story of the Day and you can find it in full, even watch the video, here. But remember what Cartier said; “Others can make a difference just like I’m doing right now,” he said. “They can save lives and be heroes. They’re never too young.”
Story and Image from ABC News.