Hello Humankindness: Local boy decorates pine cones for charity

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - One local boy is helping make a difference for others by selling pine cones.

Last year Cody Tiede did not know much about the Ronald McDonald House in Bakersfield, but once he learned how it helps families, he knew he wanted to do something.

"I had a dream," Cody said. 

That dream was to continue helping the Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House with pine cones. 

"The people that live far away can just stay here and not have to keep on like staying at a hotel and then drive really far just to come to the hospital," Cody said.

The 7-year-old learned about the Ronald McDonald House through the Running for Ronald fundraiser his school held last year.

"My School was raising money for the Ronald McDonald house, we had a drive and then after that I had a dream," Cody said. "My dream was my dad and I saw the pine cone Christmas trees before we made them and then my family went to Mammoth and on the drive back we saw the pine cones on the floor and we grabbed them."

And Cody's Pine Cones was born.

Taking pine cones and turning them into holiday decorations, like jack-o-lanterns and Christmas trees, Cody started selling them to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House and in no time, it was a success.

"We started this last December and last December he raised $535," Cody's mom Courtney Tiede said. "Every day I tell my boys to always have a giving and kind heart so to see that come out when he is so young is very special to us."

When Cody made his donation to the Ronald McDonald House last year, director Scarlett Sabin was in awe. 

"I just think it's amazing because what he's doing now can carry him all the way through high school and beyond," Sabin said. "You know making an impact in the world because his little pine cones are making an impact on the families that stay with us, not just now at Christmas time, but throughout the year."

If you want to donate supplies to Cody, you can contact the Ronald McDonald House at 327-4647, ext. 4290.

If you want to purchase a holiday pine cone you can email Cody's mother, Courtney Tiede


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