Elijah Cossio wakes up at 5 a.m. every morning and bakes sweet treats like cupcakes and cookies before school. Then he sells them once the classes have ended.
In a bid to help his mother with expensive medical bills, a teenager from Houston has been dedicatedly selling baked goods after school. 14-year-old Elijah Cossio wakes up every morning at 5 a.m. and bakes delicious desserts before school. Once the classes are dismissed, he sells his homemade treats to his classmates, their parents, and other members of the community reports KTRK. Baking isn't something that Cossio had ever imagined himself doing, however, it changed after his mother, Hernandez nearly died after contracting a bacterial infection in 2017.
In a GoFundMe page set up by Hernandez on Cossio's behalf, the teen revealed how he began baking to support his mother and siblings. "I started baking as just a hobby and to learn how to make my own money. My mom has always taught me to work for what I want because nothing is handed to you for free," wrote the hardworking boy. "Not knowing this knowledge was being given to me to prepare me for what there was to come." In June 2017, the teen's world turned upside down when his mother had to be hospitalized for three months due to a "horrific" bacterial infection she contracted at the gym.
"It spiraled out from there," the mother-of-three told People. "I had to undergo five surgeries and three blood transfusions and I died for 14 minutes after the first surgery… I don’t remember those three months of my life." During this stressful time, a devastated Cossio had no clue as to what the future had in store for his mother. Recalling the same on GoFundMe, he wrote, "I did not know if that would be the last time I would see her." Although she recovered from the multiple procedures, Hernandez still had a long way to go. She needed extensive therapy to "relearn everything," like "walking and simple tasks, like using the restroom."
Meanwhile, her son began selling baked items on the weekends to earn some extra money. Apparently, it's a skill Cossio learned from his mother who had been baking for over 15 years, according to PEOPLE. Having mastered this, the teen decided to increase his income by selling these homemade goods every day after school. "I remembered how much my mom taught me with baking so I decided to step up. I started grinding and baking daily so that I can go store to store to sell and raise money," he explained on the fundraiser's page.
According to KTRK, the treats Cossio currently offers include delicious strawberry cupcakes, cherry cheesecakes, red velvet cupcakes, fudge brownies, and chocolate chip cookies. Praising her son's efforts, Hernandez said, "It feels wonderful because I raised him that way so I’m very proud of him." She explained how her son's sales had taken off since September 2017 thanks to the support of thousands who either did so in person or through GoFundMe. She also revealed that her son made approximately $60-150 per day and more during the weekends for two and a half years straight.
In his latest fundraiser which was launched on Tuesday, the goal amount of $100 was surpassed by donations that reached $9,833 at the time of writing. "It first started as a weekend thing, but after the accident, it turned into an everyday thing," Hernandez said. "I’ve always pushed my kids [and told them] there’s nothing you can’t do… I said, 'All you gotta do is find something you’re good at and try it!'" The teen, who wishes to become an engineer in the army and also attend culinary school, wrote, "Now that my mom is doing better I found a passion. I want to continue to help out as well as save money to better myself."
Hernandez shared that her son hopes to own a cupcake truck someday, which he will no doubt achieve thanks to the amazing work ethic that has been instilled in him. "There’s more to life than just sitting and playing games," he told KTRK. "I was raised to go get and I went and got it."