Looking for inspiration?
Look no further. An 11 year old in Deep River is making a difference for those in need....with an abundance of ingenuity and generosity.
Five years ago, Cede Peno of Deep River had an idea: "I told my mom I wanted to help people find houses, if they didn't have one. She said I could do a farmstand instead to help raise money for the soup kitchen."
With help from her grandfather, she started setting-up a stand outside the family business, Riggio's Garden Center in Essex, every Saturday in the summertime. Cede sells jellies, jams, relishes and homemade baked goods, as well as fresh produce,
To date, Cede has raised an astouding eight-thousand dollars through her venture. Most of the money has been donated to the Shoreline Soup Kitchen and Pantries. She has also given funds to the Essex Veterans Memorial Hall. In addition, Cede bought eight-hundred dollars worth of diapers and donated them to the soup kitchen to be given to mothers and babies in-need.
"I'm really proud of her," says Cede's mom, Bethany, who noticed her daughter's kind and giving spirt at a very young age.
Check out Cede Cares Farmstand on Saturdays in Essex through the end of August.
Read more about Cede on the soup kitchen's web site.