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5-year-old pays student lunch debts

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 12/18/19, 12:11 pm

Katelynn Hardee, 5, warmed bellies and hearts by selling hot cocoa and cookies to help her friends at school. After baking for hours, she raised $80 that went toward paying off the lunch debts of 123 classmates in Vista, Calif.

What inspired her? Hardee’s mother told KSWB-TV in San Diego her daughter overheard her say some families had a hard time paying for their children’s lunches. She had put together a lemonade stand during the summer and decided a similar plan for this time of year would work to help her friends.

Dig deeper: Read Hannah Harris’ report in The Sift about another generous donor who stepped up to help families pay their school lunch debts.


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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  • NEWS2ME
    Posted: Wed, 12/18/2019 06:58 pm

    This just blows my mind. 

    California, land of the uber rich, giving freebies to illegals, but can't give children free lunches.

    That is just sad.

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