Haylen's Ice Cream Shop

Five-year-old Haylen decided to open up a little ice cream shop in his driveway to make some money. But not because he wanted to buy toys.
Fundraiser Name
Haylen’s Ice Cream shop
Raised for
RMHC Central Alberta
Amount Raised
$2,195
Nights accommodation
for families in need
14
"I'm going to give all the money to the Ronald McDonald House… so I can help all the sick kids."
Five-year-old, Haylen Astalos started a little ice cream shop in his driveway to help raise money for RMHC Central Alberta. He thought of the idea after his parents threw him a “five for five” party on his 5th birthday. “Each guest brought two $5 dollar bills, one that he got to keep for himself and one that he got to donate to a charity of his choice,” said his mom, Tabitha. He bought a monster truck for himself and donated $100 to the Ronald McDonald House in Red Deer. “We presented him with a bunch of different options and the Ronald McDonald House was the one he chose. They were awesome. They gave him a tour of the place and told him about what they do there and he was so excited. He just loved that place.”
“When I’m lying there chatting with him, he’ll tell me how excited he is to help the kids.”
After his birthday, Haylen wanted to do more so he started the ice cream shop. His mom helped him build a cute little ice cream stand and sold popsicles and ice cream cones at $2 a pop. “He told me where to put the wood, the nails, and it’s not straight. I’m not a carpenter whatsoever. It’s a miracle that this thing even stands up.”
Haylen was really excited to get to work and to start making some money. “I assumed that like any other little boy he would want to earn money to buy Power Ranger toys, hockey stuff, or other toys for himself. But when I asked him what he wanted to do with the money, his answer shocked me. He replied by saying, "I'm going to give all the money to the Ronald McDonald House. I will fill up my bucket and give it to them, then fill it again and again and keep giving it to them so I can help all the sick kids." Tabitha was so proud of her little man, and she still is. Since Haylen’s Ice Cream Shop opened up, Haylen has donated over $5,000 to RMHC. “He talks about it almost every night. When I’m lying there chatting with him, he’ll tell me how excited he is to help the kids. He’s very interested in counting his money all the time. It’s very cool to watch.”

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