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This Boy Had The Cops Called On Him For Selling Hot Cocoa—Why His Mother Was Grateful

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Ah, the lemonade stand. A time-honored tradition among parents and their kids who want to earn a little cash, serve a much-appreciated product to their community, and maybe brush up on math skills.

In the winter, however, and especially in the frigid North, what’s a budding entrepreneur to do?

Typically, 11-year-old Andrew Andrew admits, he prefers to sell cold drinks at his pop-up stand when it’s quite a bit warmer outside, and he does quite well at it. “A lot of times, I make over $50, and I do pretty good,” he said in an interview with WTAE.

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However, if there’s one thing any local business owner must learn, it’s to adapt your approach, or even your product, to meet market demands. When faced with this challenge, the bright young man came up with the perfect alternative.

“I was kind of bored,” Andrew said of being shut in for such a long Pennsylvania winter, “so I was like, I can just come out and do something, so I came out and sold hot cocoa.”

Armed with an electric water boiler and a can of Swiss Miss, Andrew set up shop on the sidewalk in front of his home in Castle Shannon and began selling cups of hot cocoa to passersby.

Andrew says he was actually doing pretty well until, much to his surprise, he was approached by a pair of police officers who had been called to the scene.

“They asked if I was by myself, and I said, ‘No, the babysitter is in the house,'” Andrew shared with WTAE.

Andrew’s parents were notified that they’d been alerted to the situation because a concerned neighbor was alarmed at the sight of the young boy outside in the cold.

After assessing the situation and seeing that Andrew was safe, the boy offered them a free cup of cocoa, something he says he does for every first responder who visits his stand.

“[The officers] paid even though he insisted it was free, so I thought that was really nice of them,” said Rebecca Lukens, Andrew’s mom, who is surely very proud of him.

While it’s certainly commendable that Andrew was outside participating in an activity that is sure to teach him many valuable lessons rather than wasting a winter day inside playing video games, Lukens says she and her son aren’t bitter that the police were called.

If Andrew and his family learned one thing from this experience, it’s that their local law enforcement has their back. “Whoever called the cops on him are the real MVPs,” Lukens said, “because we learned that the local police were really friendly.”

As for Andrew, whose parents’ imparted a philosophy of “spending a little, saving a little, and sharing a little” when it comes to money, he plans to donate some of his hard-earned cash to local animal shelters.

It’s so easy to become disillusioned with our society and the eroded relationship of neighbors to neighbors, but stories like Andrew’s teach many valuable lessons: work hard, be kind, and don’t let people get you down.

 

 

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WATCH: This Cute Gender-Reveal Prank From a New Dad Will Make Your Day

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Gender-reveals are all the rage these days, whether they’re organized after an early ultrasound or right in the hospital.

This humorous dad decided to add a little spice to the good old fashioned “it’s a boy/girl!” revelation to family and friends waiting to hear the good news after their baby girl was born.

In a post shared to Instagram that has now been viewed nearly 80,000 times by Gender Reveal Videos, the happy dad walks out into the waiting room where anxious family members wait to hear if they’ll be buying pink or blue baby gear for the newest member of their family.

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With a big grin on his face, he slowly unzips his shirt, revealing a blue shirt. The family squeals with excitement and then explode in happy hysterics to see his little prank: although the shirt is blue, the writing reads: “It’s a girl!”

Their excitement and tears, which likely would have been just as blissful if it had been a boy, just warm your heart. There is just nothing quite like a brand new baby, and especially when there are so many people around to celebrate the good news.

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Teacher Shocked to See 7-Year-Old Student Riding Bike on the Highway. Then She Found Out Where He Was Going.

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If you spend a lot of time as the sole caretaker for small children, it has likely occurred to you more than once what your children would do if you for one reason or another became incapacitated.

Would they know how to call 911? Would they know how to find a neighbor to come help? Or the most dreadful question of all…could they end up in harm’s way somehow themselves?

A little boy in South Carolina is being praised after his bold actions when he came home to discover his father in a diabetic shock. However, he put himself in a rather dangerous situation in order to try to find his father help.

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Cameron Simoncic told his local TV station WSPA that he had returned home from a day of second grade on Wednesday when he found his father on the kitchen floor, unconscious from diabetic shock, and knew that he needed to take immediate action.

“My dad has diabetes,” the second-grader told the local Carolina outlet, “and whenever he has these episodes and whenever it happens, his brain can’t function.”

Cameron went to dial 911 on his father’s phone, but said he was locked out of his dad’s cell. And when the little boy went over to his neighbors’ houses, nobody was home.

“So I got on my bike and tried to ride to my grandma’s,” Cameron explained.

As he was dodging cars on the 5-mile ride, his first-grade teacher, Keller Sutherland, hadn’t recognized the familiar face before deciding that she needed to pull over.

“I just told my husband, I said, ‘There’s a small child on his bicycle riding down the road. I’m not sure what’s going on, but I feel like I need to just turn around and see what’s going on,’” Sutherland told WSPA.

To her surprise, the little boy was her former first-grade student. Cameron quickly told the teacher what was happening at home and Sutherland helped him remain calm, while another two men who pulled over called 911.

Sutherland says she has no doubt she was placed in her student’s path at just the right time, and thank God she was!

“There’s no doubt that God placed me where he did when he needed me,” she said.

Amen to that—what a blessing, and bless this sweet boy for being so brave!

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