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Spirit of Acadiana: Scarlett's Philanthropic Car Washing

Posted at 9:37 PM, May 01, 2020


You don’t have to be rich.

You don’t have to be older.

And you don’t need an overly complicated skill to be a philanthropist.

Scarlett Robb is proof that philanthropists come in all shapes sizes and ages. Her car washing business? Working wonders for a local pet food pantry.

It started just after schools were being pandemically closed. “I wanted something to do during this isolation, and I thought that I could help a charity,” explains Scarlett.

Eleven-year old Scarlett had some pandemic related time on her hands… and her mother says Scarlett was getting restless. “And one day, I looked out and said, ‘O.K., go wash the cars!’” recalls her mother Angelique.

Mom and Dad agreed to pay her $5 a car, but that’s when Scarlett’s wheels starting turning. “Then she said if you’re willing to pay $5 a car, then maybe she can put fliers in all the neighbor’s mailboxes and then she thought she might donate the money to a charity as well,” laughs her mother.

The neighbors were impressed and Scarlett says they quickly came on board. “They think it’s a really good idea and they like that we’re putting the money to charity.”

And only a week ago--- Scarlett delivered $130 in cash to The Pet Food Pantry. “They were amazed that we were able to raise so much money,” says Scarlett.

Two years ago she cut her hair to help create wigs for cancer patients, so philanthropy is already in Scarlett’s DNA. “And I think, yeh, she’s starting down the right track,” adds her proud mother.

And with the help of both her mom and brother Gus, Scarlett has washed about 15 cars and has become a poster child of giving.

And if you ask Scarlett about her message, what she would tell other kids of her age about making a difference. “Well, it’s not hard—and anyone can do it,” she says.

Adults tend to complicate matters—with reports and sub-committees, but kids… kids just go out there and make a difference.

“Scarlett,” I asked, “if I pay you a compliment and say you have a really big heart, what do you say?”

“Thank you,” answered Scarlett Robb.

If you’d like to make a philanthropic car washing appointment with Scarlett Robb, contact her via email at

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