Neidig student’s fundraising effort helps homeless shelter

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Caleb Byelich fist-bumps with Neidig Principal Scott Godshalk.

Caleb’s Cocoa Cafe reopened last weekend, and the result is more than $4,500 raised for the Upper Bucks Code Blue Shelter, which aids the homeless.

Ambler Street was packed for the community-wide event, inspired by Caleb Byelich, an 11-year-old fifth-grader at Neidig Elementary School. There were baked goods, entertainment, and, of course, hot cocoa. “There were so many people who wanted to help,” said Caleb. “I really appreciate all of the support. They’re all awesome.” He included several members of the high school’s National Honor Society, who took part in the event.

A family trip to the National Aquarium in Baltimore, where Caleb saw homeless people, motivated him to brainstorm for ways to help. “There were so many, everywhere you looked,” he said. “I wanted to do something.” Caleb’s Cocoa Cafe was born. In a few years, it has raised $12,000 for the Code Blue Shelter.

“It feels great to be able to help them,” Caleb said, adding that it’s “bittersweet.” He explained that he’s happy to be able to help but sad that people need the help.

“We are so proud of Caleb and his supportive family for raising money for a homeless shelter,” Neidig Principal Scott Godshalk said. “He is inspiring greatness at Neidig and in our community!”