A California kindergartner has a heart filled with compassion for her classmates and a willingness to roll up her sleeves to help.

It started when Katelynn Hardee, 5, overhearing another student’s mother said she was struggling to pay for an after-school program.

Her mother, Karina Hardee, said the girl is very inquisitive. She started asking questions, wondering why things like this happen.

“Trying not to put too much on a 5-year-old, I explained some aren’t as fortunate as us and it is kind to give when we can,” Karina said.

Katelynn decided she had to help. She asked her mother if they could set up a stand to sell hot cocoa and cookies. She wanted to donate whatever money she made to the charity.

“I don’t want people to be hungry,” Katelynn told NBC San Diego reported.

And it turned into a success. Soon, business at Katelynn’s cocoa stand was booming.

The money Katelynn raised paid off the negative lunch balances for 123 students in the Vista Unified School District where she is currently studying.

Her selfless action was recognized recently with an award from administrators at her school, Breeze Hill Elementary, part of the Vista Unified School District.

“It is truly inspiring to see Katelynn’s compassion and generous nature utilized to help those less fortunate,” Jamie Phillips, director of child nutrition services for nearly 20,000 students district, said.

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