An ambitious group of children is learning lessons in entrepreneurship and charity by making their own products to sell and raise funds for the homeless.
Valrico mom Jessica Harris came up with the idea of starting Reponsible Kidz after attending a convention for parents who homeschool their children.
With the help of their mom, Jake, Henry and Sarah Harris decided to make homemade condiments and spices to sell.
Proceeds from the sales are donated to the Riverview-based THORN (Thankfully Helping Others' Real Needs) Ministries founded by Kristin Taylor. The ministry feeds the homeless in Tampa every Sunday.
In addition to raising funds for the charity, the children have been volunteering to help feed the hungry.
Responsible Kidz has now grown to include Addison, Rett and Jackson Hobbs, who are raising funds for a mission trip for FishHawk Fellowship Church, and Sasha and Elizabeth Mion who are donating their sales proceeds to Riverview's Redeemer Presbyterian Church's building fund.
"We make everything in our kitchen," said Jake Harris. "We offer seven different spice combinations plus homemade mustard, Vidalia salsa, Asian marinade and pickles made with my grandma's recipe. All of our products are natural and contain no MSG."
Spices include Greek, Italian, Ranch, Barbecue, Taco, Cajun and Jerk.
The children have been selling their creations at various craft shows and other venues around the community. The spices sell for $3 each and 8-ounce jars of pickles and condiments sell for $5.
Anyone interested in placing an order can contact Responsible Kidz at 813-220-6017 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.