A local boy is raising money for the Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House by selling pine cones.
“I want to do it for all the kids that are sick,” said 8-year-old Cody Tiede.
It started three years ago when his school held a Running for Ronald Jog-a-Thon, raising money for the Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House. The house serves as a home away from home for families of pediatric or NICU patients.
“I started this because I learned that it was the smallest charity of Ronald McDonald Houses and I wanted to make it a bigger charity,” said Cody.
About a month later, Cody was in Mammoth with his family when he had a dream.
“I had my dream of making all the, selling all the pine cones and making the pine cones and then I did it,” said Cody.
And Cody’s Pine Cones was born.
“We really thought that it wouldn’t amount too much, I mean he was 6-years-old,” said Cody’s mom Courtney Tiede. “And we just wanted to help him with his dream and now it’s blown up and we’re so proud of him and all that he’s doing.”
Cody turns pine cones into jack-o-lanterns and ghosts around Halloween, turkeys for Thanksgiving, Christmas trees and snowmen during Christmas, Easter bunnies and even fireworks for Fourth of July.
Cody donates 100 percent of his profits going to the Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House.
“I was just so stunned by this child that has this inspiration and when he shared the story with me about the dream it just really touched my heart,” said director of Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House Scarlett Sabin.
The Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House is the smallest one in the world, but by Spring 2019 the house will grow from three rooms to seven.
“It doesn’t matter if you have a hundred rooms or you have three like we currently have, we all make an impact,” Sabin said.
Cody, helping to make that impact, had raised over $3,000 for the house so far.
“I know that I’m making a difference in the world,” he said.
If you would like to place an order or donate pine cones, the Tiede’s have set up a Facebook page.