A 13-year-old boy in Maryland runs his own bakery and matches every sale with a donation to the homeless.
Meet Michael Platt.
From a young age, Michael loved cupcakes. He spent many afternoons at his computer watching YouTube bakers.
At just 11 years old, he founded Michael’s Desserts which operates on a unique business model.
For every cupcake sold he donates one to the homeless.
“I knew that I wanted to make a business, but I knew I didn’t just want to make money, I also wanted to help people at the same time,” he told WJLA.
Michael partnered with No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit that provides meals and hosts educational programming for children.
And while he’s been told by many that his business model is not sustainable, his business has continued to grow.
He told the Washington Post that he sells about 12 cookies, 75 cupcakes, and 12 rotating “chef’s choice” items every month.
“I always wanted to have a purpose for what I do,” he told The Washington Post. “It’s all about helping people — not just having a purpose for yourself, but thinking about, ‘How does this touch other things?'”
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