Fayetteville girl sells hot cocoa to warm soldiers' holidays

Posted December 18, 2012

— At 11, Lacey Henry has endured more than most people do in a lifetime.

Her two little brothers are battling cancer. Her father is stationed in Virginia with the Army. She and her family spend countless nights at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

Yet the Fayetteville girl is always thinking of others, especially during the holiday season. When she thinks about soldiers, like her father, she reflects on the sacrifices they make to accomplish their missions.

Lacey has a mission of her own: Remember every single soldier with what she calls Operation Single Soldier.

"I know soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, they're probably overwhelmed with presents," she said Tuesday. "But the soldiers at Fort Bragg, they're probably forgotten about."

Lacey Henry sells hot cocoa Fayetteville girl raises money for Bragg soldier gift bags

So, Lacey started selling hot chocolate to Fayetteville residents. She's using the money to make gift bags, filled with trinkets and sweets, for the Fort Bragg soldiers working Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

"I wouldn't want to have to work on Christmas, especially standing out in the cold all day," she said.

She and her family have relied on help from the community during cancer treatments for Lacey's brothers – 6-year-old Collin, who is undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia and 8-year-old Patrick, who is in remission after stage 2 liver cancer.

Now, she's giving back.

"She's a great kid. She's got a good heart. She's always doing something nice," said Lacey's mother, Kathleen Henry. "She's always thinking of someone else."


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  • hmbear32 Dec 19, 2012

    Good for her! Keep up the good work! Mom and dad must have taught her well. Such a selfless little girl who is thinking about others. We need more people like her in our community! We could learn a lot from her! God bless this wonderful family!

  • Uhavenoclu Dec 19, 2012

    Looks like crumps brother needs to be taught what life is really about for its losers like him who make this world as sick as it is.
    Get a life dude and I feel sorry for your family.

  • Sick N Tired Dec 19, 2012

    This is the kind of news I like to hear: GOOD NEWS! Thank you, WRAL for finding something positive to report on.

  • Uhavenoclu Dec 19, 2012

    Good for her. Funny how adults teach children the physical side of things and how to survive the illusion.
    When it should be the other way around, we should be learning from the children the real truth and how to survive which we adults lost as we grew older.

  • Gr8Fun Dec 19, 2012

    This is amazing. Not only the service that she's doing for the community, but it's a great outlet for her during this difficult time as well. I'm sure that "burdened to the point of tears" isn't 100% due to the hot chocolate mission. Perhaps that is her outlet, but she brings to it alot of emotion and passion from her current situation with her family. God Bless this family!! What a wonderful little girl.

  • umop apisdn Dec 19, 2012

    This girl is awesome. The world would be a much better place if there were more people like her. She's going to go far in life and I hope her brothers do well.

  • Sherlock Dec 19, 2012

    I heard Fayetteville was going to make her stop because she did not have a business license nor a health cert. That would be sad, but normal for Fayetteville. She is doing a great service.

  • Nancy Dec 19, 2012

    "Does anyone else find it discerning that such a young soul is burdened to the point of tears? She is a sweet girl and obviously very loving but its sad she feels the weight of the world before she is even out of childhood. "

    I see no such problem with her missing her childhood. Her mother says she's one to always look for ways to give to others, that is a cheerful heart, not a burdened one.

  • puzzled Dec 19, 2012

    All children should be taught to care about others and maybe we would see the rate crime decrease in this country. If I care about you and want to help you I can't be wanting to kill you!!!!!!!!!!! Way to go little lady. I am so very proud of you. You have a heart like my Savior, Jesus.