7-Year-Old Entrepreneur In York County Is Donating Her November Profits To Help Provide Thanksgiving Meals To Needy Families

YORK, S.C. — Jessica Cartwright, one of the owners of Sweet Tea Refill, says her 7-year-old niece Sadie is already on her way to becoming a super cool boss babe, since she she started her own small business and is donating all of her sales this month to feed families at Thanksgiving.

Cartwright says Sadie and her mother Leigh make car freshies (hanging air fresheners) to sell at Sweet Tea Refill, and after finding out about the owners plan to provide Thanksgiving meals to the less fortunate, Sadie decided to donate all of her profits this month from her business Sass by Sadie.

Owners Cartwright and Amber Johnson of Sweet Tea Refill in York, South Carolina say they usually pick one family in need to feed at Thanksgiving time, but amid coronavirus this year they knew they had to do more.

The business is located in downtown York. The owners of Sweet Tea Refill say there is a high poverty rate within York and it extends to the rural nearby areas.

Cartwright says with so many families impacted by COVID-19 they are asking for donations from the community to provide meals for Thanksgiving (donations end November 20th at midnight).

Cartwright says they buy pre-cooked Thanksgiving dinner’s from Publix with the donations, and since those meals don’t include vegetables, they also buy can goods and drinks to be paired with the meals.

Cartwright and Johnson say they pick the meals up Wednesday morning, before the holiday, and start giving them out around lunchtime the same day with help from customers who volunteer to pick up, deliver, or offer support.

“We know that most school guidance counselors know which families are truly in need, so we reached out. Our original goal was to feed 5 families. We had no idea how much we would exceed that goal! We are truly thankful for all of our customers who have so generously helped us surpass our goal and feed so many families this year!” says Cartwright. 

Johnson says her daughter Weslee, 10, also started her own small candle selling business at 7-years-old, Wick-Kids Candle Company, and will give all her sales money for the month to help feed these families.

Cartwright says “Weslee’s goal was to buy a golf cart to take to the campgrounds when her family went camping. Her business is thriving and people come from all over to grab her amazing products.”

Cartwright and Johnson say they ask anyone who donates to send in a picture of themselves or their families to be put up at the boutique in a slideshow to hopefully inspire others..

“Together, we can all make a difference. The staff and customers of Sweet Tea Refill are already looking and planning for our Christmas service project!” says Cartwright.

Click here to donate and learn more about Sweet Tea Refill boutique.