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Youth’s summer business venture turns charitable


Taylor McIntire donated part of his proceeds from creating and selling a cookbook to a children’s home in Portales. Photo by Rick White.

Taylor McIntire is not your average entrepenuer.

The Arlington, Texas, resident eschewed the normal money-making projects of an 8-year-old like a lemonade and cookie stands and decided on something a little more ambitious. He collected cooking recipes from his mother, Kellianne Harper, and her friends and some from his grandmother, and assembled a cookbook.

He has sold 15 cookbooks at $10 each while visiting Clovis with his family.

“He has learned so much about business and profit,” said Harper, a 1988 Friona High graduate.

Kellianne, who is a graphic artist, helped her son compile and design the cookbook, which is held together by ring binders and features a laminated particle board cover.

Both his mother and grandmother insisted Taylor donate 10 percent of the proceeds from his project to a charity.

He chose Baptist Children’s Home of Portales, where his grandmother, Thelma Coffey, serves on the governing board. She is the one who first opened Taylor’s eyes to the hardships and tribulations that the children of the home face every day.

“I just want to help other kids,” said Taylor, who donated $15 to the children’s home on Wednesday.

On the dedication page, Taylor wrote how happy he is to have a mom and dad and “I hope I make enough money so the children (at the Baptist Children’s Home) will be able to have the things they need to live a happy life.”

“I think it’s just wonderful that he has such a giving heart and is so willing to help other kids,” said Coffey, who teaches math part-time at Clovis Community College after retiring as a teacher in Texas.

To purchase the book e-mail Kellianne Harper at:

[email protected]


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