Instead of toys, 5-year-old's popsicle stand profit goes to needy

Like any other kid his age, Hunter Thornburg loves popsicles.

"I like juicy ones that are melted and squishy," Hunter said.

But 5-year-old Thornburg took his love to another level when he opened a popsicle stand in the front yard of his Orangeburg home. He sold them, taking any kind of donation his customers could make.

His mom says Hunter never intended on keeping a dime.

"I asked him who do you want to give the money to. I expected him to say a DS game, but he said, 'I think I'll give it to the hungry people,'" said Crystal Thornburg.

"Because the hungry people was hungry," Hunter said.

So Hunter brought his earnings to Harvest Hope food bank. The economy and increased demand had the food bank running on empty. It was a big problem, especially during the summer month's when kids can't get a school lunch.

In all, Hunter raised $163 -- that's enough for 730 meals.

"We really thought it was great that someone as young as Hunter thought about the community and helping hungry people," said Harvest Hope's Skot Garrick.

Garrick says they're not at the level they'd like to be, but they're making progress -- thanks in part to a big donation from a little guy.

"I'm proud of him," Crystal said.

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