Hannah’s Hot Cocoa and a Remarkable Girl

by Sandra Foyt on March 8, 2011

in Uncategorized

To mark the centenary of International Women’s Day, I would like to tell you about a remarkable girl that I met this past weekend at the Hannaford Kidz Expo in Albany, NY.


This poised young lady, a 5th Grader at Pine Bush Elementary School, stood behind a display of hot cocoa mix that she was handing out in exchange for donations to help a friend recently diagnosed with Leukemia.

Inspired by Alex’s Lemonade Stand, the foundation that emerged from the efforts of cancer patient Alexandra Scott to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer, Hannah’s friend is hoping to help her friend’s family make ends meet by raising money to cover expenses not covered by medical insurance.

I was impressed not just by her selfless act or dedication, but by the creative marketing skills that she displayed at the booth. First, it was a brilliant move to offer the seasonally appropriate item, flavored hot cocoa mixes, instead of lemonade. Second, check out the genius behind the display. Everything ties in visually to the hand-decorated purple donation box, from the Perfect Purple Hannah’s Hot Cocoa blend to the purple shawl. And, perhaps the smartest move, she didn’t set a price for the hot cocoa, leaving it at suggested donations. I bet she collected a LOT more for her friend that way than if she had limited it to a specific dollar amount.

Look for Hannah’s Hot Cocoa at upcoming area events.

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| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on GetawayMavens.com, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at SandraFoyt.com, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email: sandrafoyt@albanykid.com, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

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