11-year-old Donovan Smith of Albuquerque, New Mexico is not your average kid. Not only does he know how to dish up treats like cupcakes, cheeseburgers and donuts, but he can dish them up in a way that few people can — in the form of soap. That’s right; Donovan has his own bath products business called Toil and Trouble.
What’s unique about Donovan’s business are not just the actual products, but the fact that he donates 20% of the sales from his business to the Supportive Housing Coalition of New Mexico, the same organization that helped Donovan and his mother 3 years ago when they struggled with homelessness.
His mother, Casey, is a former Navy cryptologist suffering from PTSD was unable to find a job anywhere when she returned from duty three years ago. Now they have a place and Casey is working. Her hobby is helping her son make soaps for his business. In an interview with KRQE News 13 she says, “They’re fun and the fact that they have the potential to help someone else makes it even better.”