13 Year-Old Opens Bakery That Gives Homeless People Free Pastries

A 13 year-old baker just opened his own bakery that serves delicious pastries to both paying customers and to homeless people who would not be able to afford them.

Michael Platt of Washington D.C. has loved baking ever since he can remember, and when he was 11, he decided to use this passion to help those less fortunate than he is. That’s why he launched the baking business Michaels Desserts, which runs on a one-for-one business model that sees Michael giving away one pastry to a homeless person for each one a paying customer buys.

“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,” Michael explained.

Once or twice each month, Michael heads to the city from his home in Bowie, Maryland and hands out dozens of pastries to kids, adults, and families in domestic violence and homeless shelters. He has also teamed up with the Washington D.C.-based nonprofit No Kid Hungry to help distribute more of his delicious treats.

“I always wanted to have a purpose for what I do,” Michael said. “It’s all about helping people — not just having a purpose for yourself, but thinking about, ‘How does this touch other things?’”

Though he mostly fills out orders just for people in D.C., he has also started making out-of-state shipments as well. It’s so nice to see a teenager who has such impressive entrepreneurial skills as well as a huge desire to help people in need! We have no doubt that Michael is going to go far in life, and we can’t wait to see what he will accomplish in the years to come!

Find out more about what Michael is doing in the video below.


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