Drink stands are a common way for kids to earn a bit of extra pocket money, but when preschoolers at Redding Cooperative Preschool in California set up a hot cocoa stand, they weren’t doing it to get the latest cool toy — they did it to try to save their classmate’s life.
According to CNN, Jasper Mazzocco is just four years old and already in the fight of his life as he battles a rare type of brain cancer. He’s been pulled from school to be hospitalized, but he certainly hasn’t been forgotten by his classmates. Last week, kids at Jasper’s school held a hot cocoa fundraiser to help keep customers warm in the chilly weather and, more importantly, raise money for Jasper’s treatment.
Their efforts were a grand success — the fundraiser earned over $10,000 for Jasper’s family, with plenty of people and businesses in the community chipping in. CNN says that Trader Joe’s provided space and water bottles for the event, while Dick’s Sporting Goods set up tables and chairs, and Costco and Starbucks gave baked goods to help raise even more money. Many of the people who stopped by and bought cocoa knew someone with cancer or were cancer survivors themselves.
Jasper’s mother told CNN that her son had surgery earlier this week and will be resuming treatment again soon. While he has a long road ahead of him, the four-year-old is reportedly in good spirits, listening to his parents reading the cards his friends and supporters are sending him and playing with his toys.
If you would like to donate to Jasper’s GoFundMe, you can do so here.