Sheldon Fouché, 13, of Tampa, Florida, a seventh-grader at Walker Middle Magnet School, works alongside his brother and two cousins to contribute to a different charity each month through their “Kids 4 A Cause” nonprofit organization, which so far has raised more than $30,000 to support 21 local and three overseas organizations. Sheldon’s uncle died of a massive heart attack in 2017. “This had a huge impact on my family,” he said. “We received such overwhelming support from the community; I realized first-hand just how important it was to help people when they are suffering.”
Sheldon and his partners started by making soaps in his kitchen, and in a few weeks sold enough to provide thousands of meals for the hungry. This inspired them to set a goal of raising at least $1,000 a month to support a charity or cause that benefits local residents. Money is raised by making and selling a variety of homemade products such as organic soaps and essential oils, and by soliciting donations on the boys’ website. Sheldon is actively involved in making the products, promoting them through news and social media and public speaking, and standing on the sidewalk to sell them. He also helps select the causes that benefited from Kids 4 A Cause donations each month. Just since the COVID-19 pandemic began, his team’s activities have included delivering carloads of food and essentials for the homeless, collaborating with a local restaurant to provide meals to first responders, purchasing school supplies for at-risk students, and raising funds for wounded warriors.