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Young girl opens hot cocoa stand to help abused kids

Posted at 4:36 PM, Jan 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-26 04:16:12-05

Olivia Knowles, 7, doesn't know it yet, but she's a philanthropist. 

"I came up with (the idea) one day with a hot chocolate stand with the help of my friends and family I was able to make the hot chocolate stand happen," said Knowles.

She raised $170 and donated the money to Grandma's Place. It's an emergency shelter for abused, neglected and special needs children.

"They said that they took all of the kids out to the movies and lunch," Olivia said.

She was so excited that she helped again.The hot cocoa stand was back in business, this time bigger and better. She collected $840 dollars. 

"We sent out fliers to friends and family and we had a great time doing it," Olivia said.

"It's totally amazing that she does this and I told her that she's our next CEO or director of development for a huge corporation, Grandma's Place Executive Director Roxanne Jacobs said.

The money will go to good use.

"It helps with a little bit of everything. We do take the children to school. If they show up in the middle of the night and they don't have any clothes we have to go buy them clothes. Make sure they have uniforms for school. They have three meals a day and three snacks a day," Jacobs said.

Olivia is a little girl helping children that she may never meet. "We have a bunch of stuff and the other kids have nothing," she added.