Eleven-year-old Donovan Smith of Albuquerque makes delicious-looking donuts, pies, and cupcakes. Too bad his desserts are really soap.

Just three years ago, Donovan and mom Casey, were homeless. Casey was a former Navy cryptologist living with PTSD and a leg injury who couldn’t find employment during the recession. But they did receive assistance from the Supporting Housing Coalition of New Mexico, so Donovan donates 20 percent of all sales from his sweets-shaped soap company, Toil and Trouble, to the organization that helped them get back on their feet.

“They’re fun,” Casey tells KRQE News 13 of Donovan’s aloe vera and goat’s milk concoctions. “And the fact they actually have the potential to help someone else makes it even better.”




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  • Kema

    Wow! Looked at the pic and thought it was my son. lol! Good story! Love to see positive stories about kids doing awesome stuff.

  • Kydee Williams

    WOW what an amazing and uplifting story