Boy's school fundraiser provides sweet relief for striking Kokomo workers

Carson Young sold hundreds of candy bars for a school fundraiser to striking auto workers in Kokomo. (Young family photo)
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KOKOMO, Ind. (WTHR) - The General Motors strike reached ten days Wednesday, with thousands of auto workers shutting down factories across the country.

With no immediate deal on the table, local communities are stepping up to help these workers out. That includes a young boy who is bringing smiles and treats to the picket line in Kokomo.

"The community has been really, really teriffic," said Rebecca Rostron, a 20-year employee of the Kokomo plant. "People are bringing us food, water, ice, coffee, toilet paper for our lovely VIP room here."

The smallest helper, 10-year-old Carson Young, is trying to make a big impact.

"I was doing a fundraiser selling chocolate bars to people to get money to buy new gym equipment for school," he said.

While he said he wanted to give his chocolate bars to the striking workers because "it feels good to share," the grateful employees offered him donations to help with the fundraiser.

"I didn't think I could do it. I didn't think I could sell 480 bars," Young said.

It's an effort Young said he wanted to continue to pay forward, not just for those on the picket lines, but for anyone in need.

"People like helping me, so I like helping them back," he said.

And he's not done selling candy bars, he plans to continue his efforts for as long as he can.