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Haylen's Shop a big hit with Flames

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- It was no regular Sunday afternoon for 6-year-old Haylen.

Under the guise that he would be selling hot chocolate to fans watching practice, the Calgary Flames surprised him by asking him to set up his stand just outside the dressing room and sell his hot chocolate to the players after practice.

This is not ordinary hot chocolate stand, however.

Haylen donates all of his profits to the Ronald McDonald House and today he was able to make even more money by selling a cup of hot chocolate to every Flames player at practice.

The philanthropic yongster began his hot chocolate and ice cream stand when he was five but rather than keep the money to buy himself toys, he chose to donate all the proceeds to the Ronald McDonald House after learning about what the house does for children and their families.

He set out with the goal of raising $2011 dollars for the Ronald McDonald House and managed to surpass that total mid-way through the summer of 2015.

His parents asked if he wanted to take the rest of the summer off from his fundraising efforts but he was undeterred by hitting his total. In fact, it motivated him to set another goal -- $3009 -- and he kept his stand running.

Five months later, he had hit the $3009 mark.

To start 2016, Haylen set his fundraising goal at $5013, a number that was selected for a very specific reason.

"I had to choose a number higher than my last goal so I picked $5,000 and I added 13 (because) that's Johnny Gaudreau's hockey number, and he's awesome," was his reasoning on his GoFundMe page.

For more information or to donate, please visit Haylen's GoFundMe page.

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