For most kids, making their first money from a homemade lemonade stand is a tradition. But six-year-old Blake Work from Florida is not interested in the basics of business and profit.
At his booth, they don’t accept money or serve lemonade. He offers children from low-income families his own toys and books for free.
One evening, Blake’s mother asked her son to clean his room.
It is clear that Blake was not very pleased with such a prospect – after all, how many toys will have to be put in their places!
But when the boy heard that not all children have so many toys, and some do not have them at all, in his own words, his “heart beat painfully.”
But Blake did not have to be sad for long – it quickly dawned on him how to fix the situation.
He collected his favorite toys and rolled them out the next day on a breakfast table adorned with a banner that said “Cheer up! Come to Blake Work’s house! We have free toys for you!”
Blake settled himself under the hot sun and waited patiently.
The first visitor to his booth was a builder who was working on a house across the street. Blake handed him his beloved robot, which the man promised to send to his grandson in Belize.
The next guests, a family with two children, brought Blake two more toys and traded them for one.
This family, despite their difficult financial situation, was not interested in toys – they came for books, so Blake gave them four at once.
At the end of the day, Blake’s teacher dropped by to say how proud she was of him.
Blake decided to give the rest of the toys to the school so that they would be given to children for good behavior. He even tried to give away his favorite cap with the emblem of Captain America, but he was dissuaded.
Blake never left the booth all day. He even brought his fold-out sleeping chair outside to make sure he didn’t miss anyone.
He is a little boy with a big heart.