December 1, 2020 by Cathy Stack
The lemonade stand meant more to Cartier than an opportunity to earn some extra money for himself during the summer. Instead, the young boy viewed it as a chance to help his Hampton, Virginia community. Most youngsters his age would use their stand profits to open their first savings account or to purchase something special for themselves. Instead, he used it to aid single mothers and parents in need. His stand served a dual purpose, not only did it refresh neighbors with delicious lemonade, but it also served as a diaper drive helping the neediest.
The idea came to Cartier while he was visiting his grandmother who lives in an economically depressed neighborhood. He observed how many single mothers lived in her area. He heard tales of their struggles which included increased stress and financial uncertainty caused by the pandemic. Cartier instinctively felt empathetic to their plight. He wanted to help alleviate their burden by offering them basic needs such as diapers and wipes for their newborns.
“He doesn’t want to spend any of the money on himself,” his mom Brittany Stewart said. “He just wants to continue to keep buying diapers and giving each day.”
Cartier’s was still focused on reaching his goal to distribute 25,000 even as he was returning to remote learning. One mom was moved to tears at the youngster’s hard work and generosity. She said it reminded her of a time when she was also a young mother in desperate need of assistance. “You are helping so many people,” she told him. “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?” added the mother with sincere gratitude.
“It was heart touching. I almost cried myself when she gave me a hug and started crying. That made me want to just keep doing it,” Cartier said. “Others can make a difference just like I’m doing right now. They can save lives and be heroes, you are never too young,” he added. The young boy said his greatest joy comes from knowing he’s made a difference and seeing the impact his donations make.
Cartier is no stranger to worthy causes. He launched another community initiative named “Carti packs” which are care packages for the homeless. The young boy and his mother also started a non-profit organization called “Kids 4 Change 757” to inspire other kids to get involved in the initiative of making a positive difference in their own communities. He is clearly on a mission to help people in one creative way or another.
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