Made for More: Local teenager goes viral after launching small business to help his sick mother

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Adventist Health and KGET want to honor those who make Kern County a better place to live. A local teenager started a small business by selling “bolis” or ice pops to support his sick mother. Their story has now gone viral.

14-year-old Kevin Esparza decided to start a “bolis” or ice pops sale to provide for his household. His mother, Maria Esparza, 48, suffers from multiple health diseases, mental health issues, diabetes and arthritis – keeping her stranded in a wheelchair.

“Every single day I felt sad because she is in a wheelchair,” Kevin said. “I have to do something.”

With only $20, Kevin launched his business, “Big Kevin Bolis.” Every day by 3 p.m. he is set up and ready to sell over 10 different flavors of sweet, icy treats.

Word of his selfless act caught traction on social media. Kevin went viral thanks to a social media post that was shared over 700 times on Facebook. He also gained more than 3,000 followers on Instagram. You can find Kevin on Instagram at @big_kevin_ice_pops. Now, the Esparzas have received an outpour of donations from the community. However, they are still in need of support.

If you would like to help the Esparzas by purchasing an ice pop, they are located at the corner of Balboa and Sandra Drive, right across from South High School. You can also make mobile donations via Zelle at 442-294-2314.

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