Pay it Forward: Evie's Gift Hot Cocoa Stand


(KUTV) Gerrit Noorda, 10, is a shy kid with a big heart.

"He always is thinking of others before he thinks of himself," said Jared Noorda, his father.

Once every winter, Gerrit sets up a hot cocoa stand at the entrance of his neighborhood in Mountain Green, Utah.

"We sell hot chocolate and donuts," he said.

All of the profits he makes goes to programs that help families after the death of a baby, including the Utah Share program and Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.

The causes are close to his heart.

In September of 2013, his cousin, Evie, died at birth.

The Utah Share program brought comfort to his family.

"They helped with her, and put her in a dress, and did all this stuff for my little cousin," said Gerrit.

Molds were also made of Evie's hands and feet for her family to remember her.

For Christmas that year, his family decided to do a gift for Evie. Gerrit's idea was to raise money with a hot cocoa stand, which he called "Evie's Gift."

"It was very healing," said Christina Noorda, who is Evie's mother and Gerrit's aunt.

Gerrit has now raised thousands of dollars for families who are suffering. This year, he raised enough money to donate to the Utah Share program, as well as pay for two headstones for babies who have died this year.

"I think he's learning that he's starting to make an impact," said Jared Noorda.

Gerrit's efforts have inspired his other family members, including Evie's parents, to also hold hot cocoa stands to raise money for families in need of comfort after the loss of a child.

"It means a lot," said Christina Noorda. '"It means a great deal to be able to help other families that have gone through it."

Those hot chocolate stands are set up in the Tremonton and Brigham City areas.

According to his parents, giving is simply a part of Gerrit's nature.

"I just like to help people," he said.

Mountain America Credit Union donated $500 to help Gerrit raise more money this winter.

If you would like to learn more about the organizations Gerrit donates to, visit the websites for the Utah Share program and Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.