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Teens Raise Money for Charity Every Year with Hot Chocolate Stand

Every family has yearly traditions. For Evan and Joshua Greenberg of White Plains, New York, one of their yearly traditions involves raising money for charity through with their hot chocolate stand.

For the past 12 years, Evan, 16, and Joshua, 14, have set up Evan and Joshua’s Hot Cocoa Stand. It started in their garage, but over the years, local businesses have given them space to set up their stand.

This year, Evan and Joshua are taking their hot chocolate stand and charity drive to The Westchester Mall. Like the last 11 years, all the money they raise will go to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. To date, the humble hot cocoa stand has raised $35,000.

“It’s all about kids helping other kids,” says Nancy Joselson, administrative director of Pediatric Cancer Foundation. “They’ve been doing this for so many years, and they do it with a whole heart and compassion for children with cancer.”

Every year, the stand seems to grow bigger and bigger, allowing the brothers to keep raising money for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. The teens even have their own website.

“If you would have told me 12 years ago that we would still be doing this and we would have raised all this money, I would have never believed you,” said Evan and Joshua’s mother, Elisa. “Every year, Evan works very hard to think of new ideas and ways to contact the press, and Joshua does all the legwork. They make a good team.”

This year, anybody who makes a donation to Evan and Joshua’s cause will get a hot chocolate with whipped cream, a coupon to a local bakery, and raffle tickets to win sports memorabilia. A local diner donated the cups, a candy shop donated the chocolate, and the teens even got New York teams like the Mets, Knicks, Giants, and Yankees to donate memorabilia.

“It’s been amazing to grow up and do this, considering I started this when I was only three,” says Joshua. “It’s been an amazing dream.”