Hot Chocolate is for Warriors


 brewer hot chocolate

The Brewer Family, with 4 kids ranging in age from 4-8 years old has a family tradition of service.  Each Christmas, they set up a neighborhood hot chocolate stand to raise funds for someone in need.  Each year the kids get to choose a different charity to receive the proceeds of their hot chocolate stand. With their close proximity to Fort Bragg, and Seymour Johnson AFB, this year they decided to dedicate all of their proceeds to help Train a Dog, Save A Warrior, a Texas based group dedicated to training and providing medical alert service dogs to veterans returning home from battle at no charge.

December 21, 2013 was their 4th year doing this and during the previous 3 years they have raised over $2,000 in donations selling hot chocolate to their neighbors. This year during their 4th annual sale they raised over $1,000 for Train a Dog, Save A Warrior with more donations still coming in the mail.  So far, they are very close to their goal of $1,250, which will cover half the cost of training one dog. Their friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, Firemen, Scouts, Y guides, and strangers showed up to support the cause. The kids all had a great time seeing their friends and the adults enjoyed connecting with both new and familiar faces. They are already planning for next year saying, “We have captured our lessons learned and ideas for what to do different next year, so we can continue to increase our goals.”

The Brewers have made a family tradition out of this because, in their own words, “It not only raised funds to train a dog, but brought our community together.” It is amazing how much difference can be made in our world by one person or one family deciding that they are going to dedicate some time and money to helping a cause that touches them.  One hot chocolate stand started quite the snowball of projects for this family, and what a great affinity for service they are cultivating among the children in their community.


10 Responses to “Hot Chocolate is for Warriors”

    • macwinslow on

      Thanks for asking Cody, We were inspired by the actions of young people and the difference they have made in their communities, and decided that we wanted to be able to offer other kids the support and resources they may need to make a difference in the world. That is when we decided to start our non-profit.

  1. cody on

    what charity have you donated last year and when did you start doing this and how do you make you hot choclate i am in 7 ht grade at scc titans iowa

    • Chad Brewer on

      We started our fundraiser 5 years ago. We do it every year in December. The first 3 years we raised on average $700 a year. In year 4 we jumped to $1,100. This past year we set a more aggressive goal of $2,500 and we met it. It was a good lesson in dreaming big and letting our passion for what we were doing lead us. The last 2 years we have donated to Train a Dog Save a Warrior ( Among the keys to raising more each year are having good hot chocolate, increasing free publicity each year, and not being scared to ask people to donate. I have a recipe for the hot chocolate and some pointers I’ll add in a separate post.

    • cody on

      sorry for asking about snapchat i dont have any thing else other than gmail and snapchat so thats why i asked you if you have ssnapchtaa


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