Virginia 6th Grader Sells Lemonade to Help Moms in Need

Check out what this sixth-grader in Virginia is doing for his local community!

“When the coronavirus pandemic first hit, all 11-year-old Cartier Carey could think about was how the single parents in his community were handling the new stress. ‘Ever since I was little, I’ve seen a lot of people struggling,’ Cartier tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. ‘During the pandemic, I knew single moms were having a hard time trying to afford diapers for their babies.’ Inspired by the hardships many of his friends’ families were facing due to the pandemic, the sixth-grader set up a lemonade stand in front of his house in Hampton, Virginia in July to benefit families in need.”

With selling glasses of lemonade at $1 each with snacks on the side, his mission began to catch people’s eye. To date, the stand has collected more than $7,500, enough to provide nearly 28,000 diapers and wipes to give to hundreds of moms through local shelters, churches, and other organizations.

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