FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – A 10-year-old Girl Scout is helping out the homeless in Fort Wayne with her entrepreneurial skills.
Natalia Kleinrichert’s passion for helping those in need started when she was about 3 years old, her mother Amy Kleinrichert says.
Amy Kleinrichert says her daughter learned about the devastation from Hurricane Sandy, and Natalia would grab toys, clothes and other items in grocery bags to help folks who lost everything in the storm.
“I asked her why the homeless people
When she got older, Natalia asked her friends attending birthday parties to bring donations for the homeless instead of presents. For Christmas this year, she asked for socks, gloves, and other items to keep in the family car to hand out when she spots someone in need.
Her mother said her next was to sell Girl Scout cookies to give to the homeless.
While going out door-to-door, Natalia asked folks if they’d like to buy cookies for themselves as well as buying a box or two to give to the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission.
Natalia used the power of social media to help sell cookies, too. Her mother helped her post a video on Facebook explaining their mission to give cookies to the homeless population.
As she quickly found out, people started buying a lot more cookies.
Natalia’s goal was to sell 40 boxes to give away to the Rescue Mission.
She sold nearly quadruple that amount.
Natalie sold 155 boxes for the homeless, and more than 430 boxes total for the year.
At $4 a box, her mom says that’s not too shabby for a 10-year-old.