Amherst youth shares his wealth

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Blanch donates portion of profits to food bank

10-year-old Cael Blanch knows all about sharing his wealth. The Amherst youth has shared the profits of his juice business with two local chariities.

Rowan and Cael Blanc present a food donation to Rev. Charlotte Ross on behalf of the Amherst food bank. Cael operated a business over the summer – Cael’s Cool Juice – and donated 10 per cent of his profits to area charity.

AMHERST – When he went into business this summer, 10-year-old Cael Blanch wanted to do something to help others.

That’s why he decided early on that 10 per cent of his profits would be given to charity. The Amherst youth delivered on that promise earlier this week when he bought toys for the Christmas For Kids program and food for the Amherst food bank.

“Giving to others and sharing is something I learned to do from my parents. It’s the right thing to do,” Blanch said.

Blanch, who is home schooled, operated Cael’s Cool Juice at the Sackville Farmer’s Market during the summer months and early fall. He learned about product sampling and profit margins and profits versus expenses and realized a $1,000 profit after paying for a juice press and buying oranges.

Of that, he planned to spend $100 by sponsoring a couple of angel gifts for the Christmas for Kids Campaign before purchasing juice boxes, granola bars and cheese sticks for the food bank.

Prior to selecting the food bank, Blanch toured the King Street facility and met some of the volunteers who work there. He said he knew he was making the right choice.

“The food bank helps so many people and it’s amazing how much food they go through,” he said. “They showed me the fridge that was full of milk. They said it would all be gone by the end of the week.”

Blanch’s father, Jason, said he is impressed by his son’s philanthropy. He said he finds it hilarious that his son has such a strong business mind when he’s failed at the businesses he’s tried.

“He has a lot of business sense,” Jason said. “He asks all the right questions and is always thinking about changing this and changing that and how it might affect his business. It’s really hilarious when you think about because a lot of the business ventures I’ve tried have mostly failed.”

Jason said he really enjoyed working with his son on the project and believes it has taught Cael a lot about business as well as community.

Rev. Charlotte Ross from the food bank said Blanch’s effort is a unique way in which people have supported the organization.

“It’s definitely one of the more unique ways we’ve received support,” Ross said. “He’s to be applauded for thinking of the food bank in this way and every little bit of support we receive is appreciated. It goes a long way toward making sure no one goes hungry.”

Ross said another way people are supporting the food bank is by donating the cash value of Christmas presents to the food bank or by buying food as a gift and donating it to the food bank.

“We’ve seen a number of cases in which people have asked for donations to the food bank in lieu of gifts,” she said. “There was one person who recently had a birthday present and instead of presents he asked for donations for the food bank. At the end of the day we got eight boxes of food.”

Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: Christmas For Kids, Kids Campaign

Geographic location: King Street

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