4-year-old Jasper Mazzocco was diagnosed with a rare cancer last year and has been hospitalized since November 2019.
An initiative taken by adorable preschoolers is warming people's hearts everywhere and it's not only because of the hot cocoa they sold. According to a report by Fox24, a group of preschoolers in Redding, California helped raise $10,000 for a classmate battling brain cancer by selling hot cocoa at a stand. 4-year-old Jasper Mazzocco was diagnosed with a rare cancer last year and has been hospitalized since November 2019. Mazzocco had to be taken out of Redding Cooperative Preschool due to his condition, however, that didn't stop his classmates from thinking about him.
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A group of preschoolers set up a hot cocoa stand and raised $10,000 for a classmate battling cancer https://t.co/2kEl9YlVZ0
Speaking to CNN, Becky Haskins, a fundraiser organizer, and mother to one of the preschoolers, said, "The kiddos... miss and talk about him every day. He is one of the sweetest souls that I have ever met and his family is just the same." Last week, a hot cocoa fundraiser was organized by them in the hopes of raising money for Jasper's family. Thanks to the help from their parents, local stores and of course the community, the stand turned out to be a massive success after raising over $10,000. "They wanted to help Jasper in any way they could," said Haskins. "That was a day that I will never forget."
Jasper Mazzocco, has been in the hospital since November 2019, after doctors at UC Davis discovered he had a brain tumor the size of a tennis ball.https://t.co/6BCnE6bGhJ— ABC 7 Amarillo (@ABC7Amarillo) 16 January 2020
Recalling the day her daughter came up with this brilliant idea to raise money for Jasper, Haskins revealed that her kid originally wanted to sell lemonade. However, she steered the course of her plan towards hot chocolate after considering the cold weather. Apart from making all the arrangements, the kids received a lot of help from the stores nearby. The stand was put up in an area provided by a local Trader Joe's, who also supplied them with water bottles. A nearby Dick's Sporting Goods store offered to set up tables and chairs, while both Costco and Starbucks donated baked items for the cause. Apparently, there were three Starbucks employee who ran back and forth to fetch hot water which was used to prepare the hot chocolate.
Bless their hearts. What little angels.❤— Kathryn Meissner🎼📒❄🌍 (@KathrynMeissne1) 17 January 2020
Sharing the impact that the stand had on people, Jessica Stephens, Jasper's preschool teacher, said, "So many tears were shed in those six hours. This experience has been the most beautiful thing I have ever been a part of." Meanwhile, Jasper's mom, Shelby revealed that her son was scheduled to undergo surgery on Monday and if everything went well, he will be started on treatment once again next week. During this tough time, Jasper's classmates rang him up to convey their regards. "It's was really neat to know they miss us as much as we miss them," Shelby said. "He was on the phone with them [on Monday] saying 'Hi' to everyone and singing his little preschool songs with them."
In our dark times it is stories like this that still give me hope. Thanks for sharing Bill!— Texacrat Resists (@pjcanzy77) 17 January 2020