Anyone who has children knows how awesome it feels to ‘catch’ them thinking outside of themselves and doing something for others.
It was no different for 6-year-old Matthew McDonnell’s parents when he decided he wanted to create a hot chocolate stand in order to help youngsters fight cancer.
What makes this particular act of kindness newsworthy, however, is that Matthew is no ordinary kid. He’s fighting cancer as well.
According to The Abington Journal, he’s been fighting it since he was only 3 years old. He came up with a catchy name for the stand, too: Matthew’s Miraculous Hot Cocoa Stand.
It was his way of giving back to a community that rallied and supported him, allowing him to be treated at CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia), which is one of the finest children’s hospitals in existence.
He wanted to put his own special stamp on the fundraiser.
Since he loves hot cocoa and the cold weather is here, he decided to have a hot cocoa stand to raise funds to help find a cure for cancer. Matthew’s Miraculous Hot Cocoa Stand partnered with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to raise awareness and funds for innovative research projects for better treatment and ultimately cures for childhood cancer.
The family wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was’t long before the lines started backing up. His parents Patrick and Linda manned the crowds, and the patrons just kept on coming.
“It was an amazing outpouring of God’s love,” Matthew’s mom told the local paper.
She was referring to the community supporting them, but it’s apparent that what they are doing is also a wonderful outpouring of God’s love as well.
“I like to thank everyone for giving donations to the kids,” Matthew said. “I want the kids to be healed.”
Considering what they are going through, it’d be easy for them to simply receive help from others.
“It’s wonderful that. even with their own struggles, this family is thinking of other children with cancer,” resident Courtney Long told reporters.
And now Matthew could use some prayers. According to the ‘Team Matthew’ Facebook page, he’s getting ready for more work to be done.