CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Fox 46 Charlotte is getting results for a group of high school students who started a lawn care business called NCC, Neighborhood Cutting Crew.
“Stuff like this don’t happen every day, and like, we’re very thankful and very proud to see people stepping up to help us,” said one of the teenagers.
A viewer contacted Fox 46 Charlotte to explain that the teenagers had the police called on them earlier in the month. The boys said a homeowner, unfamiliar with the teenagers, called the police on them. At the time, they were knocking on doors in the Villa Heights neighborhood looking for work. One of the teenagers has a family member who lives in the community.
Parent Crystal Fulgenzi, the mother of one of the teenagers, fears it was racial profiling.
“It hurts me,” Fulgenzi said. “I wanna thank the community for coming together to support them after this. They’re really good kids.”
After our story aired, the emails and phone calls started coming in to hire the teenagers for work across the Charlotte area.
Some viewers even wanted to help by making a donation to the business, especially since the teenagers said they started this type of work over the summer to save for back-to-school clothes and supplies.
Stephon Moore was one Fox 46 Charlotte viewer who asked to meet the teenagers and to make a donation. We helped them arrange it.
“You don’t see a lot of youth doing something positive. And it’s good. It was very inspiring to me,” Moore said.
Other viewers have donated supplies and equipment, since they’ve been borrowing items from a couple in the Villa Heights community.
Asterisk Creative company members volunteered to create them logos. Employees with Ink Floyd have offered to make them personalized lawn care company shirts.
These are just some of the examples of how the community is coming together to support the kids in their entrepreneur efforts.
Fox 46 Charlotte reached out to Lowe’s Home Improvement. The company donated several items including a lawn mower, leaf blower, a trimmer, gloves, vests, goggles and tarp. Members with the university Charlotte store.
“To see their excitement about the endeavor they’re taking touched me. I’m glad that I work for a company willing to help them out,” said store manager, Kirk Arnold.
The teenagers plan to expand their business by hiring more of their friends.