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An 8-year-old’s hot chocolate stand serves first responders free of charge

LAS CRUCES – Suzette Martinez, 8, helped create some Christmas cheer by opening a hot chocolate booth on a cold Saturday in December.

Mary Helen Luera called her granddaughter a “small business owner” who first explored a lemonade stand. But since it wasn’t a bright summer day, Suzy switched to hot chocolate.

Suzy set up a shop in front of Luera’s house on the 800 block of Suzanne Avenue and warmed mouths and hearts for 50 cents a cup on December 18, 3 to 5 p.m. The maximum temperature that day was 48 degrees.

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Each cup of hot chocolate contained a free sugar cookie. Suzy also decided to serve free hot chocolate and cookies to all active military, veterans, police officers, firefighters and first responders.

Suzette Martinez, 8, in a Santa hat, gives free hot chocolate and cookies to first responders on Saturday, December 18, 2021.

Luera said Suzy had served a few dozen cups all afternoon and as soon as she was ready for the day, “she immediately said she wanted to do it all over again!”

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