A few months after his fifth birthday last September, Haylen Astalos told his mother he wanted to build an ice cream shop to raise money for sick kids.
The idea came to Haylen after his fifth birthday party when his family threw a “five-for-five” party.
In an interview, Haylen’s mother, Tabita Astalos, stated, “Each guest brought two five-dollar bills — one for him to keep, and one for a charity of choice. We presented him with a whole bunch of different charities and told him what each one did.”
Haylen eventually picked the Ronald McDonald house, which is best known for providing help for the families of sick children. “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,” Astalos stated.
After the exciting events of his birthday party, Haylen told his mom about a new project he wanted to start. “He mentioned to me that he wanted to build an ice cream ship. Being a 5-year-old, I thought maybe he had forgotten about the Ronald McDonald House. I asked him what he wanted to do with the money he made, and he said, ‘I want to fill up my bucket and keep giving it back to them, so I can help all the sick kids that are there.'”
Astalos helped her son build “Haylen’s Ice Cream Shop,” which sells treats such as popsicles and ice cream cones for two dollars each.
“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.”
When his mom asked if he wanted to take a break from the ice cream stand for the summer, Haylen responded, “Duh, I’m going to keep going.”
Haylen has set the goal of reaching $3,009 to donate to the Ronald McDonald House. So far, he is well on his way to his goal.
“It’s amazing. He talks about it almost every night. When I’m laying there chatting with him, he’ll tell me how excited he is to reach his goal and to help the kids. He’s very interested in counting his money all the time, so he knows how far away from his goal he is.”
“We are very, very proud of him. It’s very cool to watch.”