Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Six-year-old Mason Holcomb and his 4-year-old sister, Bella, didn't want to keep the $50 they had earned for themselves. Instead, they wanted to give it to the victims in the Joplin tornado.
"I felt like it would be really nice to give the money that we earned to people that don't have anything," said Mason Holcomb.
It's the lessons of giving and the kids' unprompted actions that made their parents proud of them.
"We try to make them realize the importance of it so to know that it really sank in, they really get the idea, it makes you really proud," said Brooke Holcomb, stepmother.
After spending a hot weekend selling lemonade and baked goodies for 50 cents each, the young entrepreneurs counted the money they had earned. Instead of keeping the cash, the pair quickly said they wanted to help others who are less fortunate.
"I want to give them stuff because we already have some stuff and they don't have anything," said Mason Holcomb.
With matching donations from friends and family, the $50 that the kids earned has now grown to $500.
"It was really fun listening to my step-mom say that more people are helping donate money," said Mason Holcomb.
Now, this proud parent says she has two little ones who are setting a big example.
"You just think if two little kids come up with this idea on their own, like how much more everybody else can do to make a difference for the people in need," said Brooke Holcomb.
The family plans to donate the money to the local Dillons store sometime this week.