Dothan 4-year-old sells cookies for a cause

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - For most kids Christmas means gifts and toys, but for one Dothan girl, it means giving back to those less fortunate.

This time of year, most kids may try to raise money for something they're involved in, but four-year-old Elle Blair is selling cookies for people she will never even meet.

"I'm selling them to buy a chicken for a family in need,” said Blair.

Elle is running her cookie stand on behalf of Compassion International, a Christian ministry that helps families living in poverty in 25 countries world-wide.

The cookies are a $1 each, and if she sells 40, she can provide the gift of chickens to a family for Christmas.

Elle's parents wanted her to understand that not everyone is as fortunate as they are during the holidays.

"We've been trying to teach her that not everyone in the world lives like we do,” said Elle’s father Jonathan Blair. “Not everybody can just jump in the car, run to the grocery store and buy so eggs or even have the money to do so."

Compassion International's idea is that by giving a family some chickens, they can build a sustainable income for generations to follow.

"How do you not help a child who's trying to help other people,” asked Melanie Hill, who bought some of Elle’s cookies. “Her mom posted the goal on Facebook and what she was doing, and I saw it and I was out so I came by."

Elle thinks that with all the cookies she sold, she may even be able to buy chickens for two families.

You can find more information on Compassion International on their website: