Good Neighborhood Jobs for Young Kids

Do your kids ask you to buy them something every time you walk in a store? Then it is time to teach kids about money. By the age of two or three your children can start learning about money and how it works. But at a certain age, your child might want to earn more money than you are willing to give them in allowance or chores around the house. At this point a job outside the home is a good idea.

A young child, though, has very limited options. Sticking within your neighborhood or apartment building is a good idea. If you have extended family around, your child can offer to do jobs for them as well. Now I am not talking about a 5 year old here, but maybe between the ages of 7 or 8 and 15 or 16 - the point in which they could go get a job somewhere else. Of course the younger your child is the more help or supervision they will need from you.

There are many jobs that kids can do that go along with the seasons of the year. In the summer a child can mow someone's grass, sweep the porches, wash cars, have a lemonade stand, weed the garden, water the grass or garden, take care of animals and/or get mail while someone is out of town. Depending on the child's age, the parent might have to be with them while they do their job. To me this is a good trade off. Teaching our kids about money is such a worthwhile thing to do, that if it involves some of my time that is fine with me.

In the fall kids can rake leaves, pick up sticks (something that always needs to be done in our yard), weed and/or pick the garden and other outdoor things. In the winter shoveling snow instantly comes to mind. In the spring yard cleanup and car washing are must haves for most people.

There are also many jobs a child can have any time of year. Taking care of animals really lends itself to children. Every afternoon we take a walk down the street to let the dogs out for our neighbor. They work long hours and find it helpful if their dogs are let out to run and use the bathroom at some point each afternoon. I like this job because I am hoping it will bide me some time before we have to get our own dog. There are some teenagers in the neighborhood that walk dogs each afternoon. They do this for several families and I see them circling the block with different dogs each afternoon.

Babysitting is a job that is good for both girls and boys. Kids as young as 12 are typically able to babysit, of course it depends on how responsible they are. Housecleaning is a job that many people would love to pay someone to do. A young child can vacuum and dust pretty well.

Many jobs that a child can do could really benefit an elderly person or family. Even carrying the mail up to their door each day or taking their trash cans to the street on trash day could really help them. Many elderly people want to stay in their own homes for as long as possible, but need help doing so. Many of these people are on a fixed income and don't have a lot of money to pay someone to help around the house or yard. Paying a child a small sum is often doable though.

Children love to work and get very excited about a little money. An arrangement between children and elderly can really benefit everyone involved. Developing relationships between neighbors and between children and elderly are very positive benefits to allowing your child to get a neighborhood job. Allowing your children to have a job from a young age will give them plenty of opportunity to learn about money. Not just learn about it - but also learn to handle it, to spend it, to mess up with it (they will!), and to save it for their future. It really isn't ever too early to start!

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helenathegreat 9 years ago from Manhattan

Kids need to learn about money management as soon as they are old enough to ask you to buy something for them! Great hub.. it's given me an idea for a new one myself. Thanks!

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Jerrico Usher 9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

When I was a kid I went door to door and cleaned houses for 2 bucks each, I started out just doing bathromms or such then they raised my pay as I got more "jobs".. the neighbors knew me and so fed me while I worked, I got some pretty good (and nutritional) food while I worked, great conversation and made new friends (their kids).. some of the kids made fun thill they watched their parents shell out cash every week. I had 30 clients and it took me about 6 hours a day to complete them all, were talking 2.00 worth of work, and since my parents made me clean the crap out of our house this was second nature to me.

I tookt he money I made from that self employment and would funnel it into my second business (I was entrapeneurial from anearly age) candy. I would buy blow pops at costco (was price club) 5.00 per box of 100 then when I went to school I would fill a demand. The "venders" of my school sold blow pops as a fund raisor, but the venders always sold out at 25 cents each, I networked them all (about 5) and made them an offer. when they sold out all of their stock (and only after so we woudlnt get caught) they would start selling my blowpops but I limited how much they could sell to keep it low key (I know it was against the rules but schools arent designed to teach kids to actually survive in the world so much as to turn out template college graduates who get ajob who work yahha I was the other type, the person who made those jobs people get so I felt breaking this rule was just living up to my future)

I made abot 100.00 a week in sales split between my venders and minus the overhead of buying more blowpops, I earned from that business about 35.00 a week in profits.. I used the money to buy (blow it) student store candly which I passed out to the poor kids (I was probably the poorest kid in the school) and at lunch I bought some kids food from the pizza cart and so on I still had over 10.00 a week to myself (which was all I needed back then) I didn't get an allowance, I never got money from my parents, not even for doing chores that I was told was my responcibility anyway (even extra stuff which to me is teaching a kid the world is never going to give you anything for your hard work, so why do extra anything?)

I also would walk home sometimes and see people picking cherries out of their trees for no other reasonthan so they didn't fall off the tree and polute their grass with nasty rotted cherries.. these were delicious cherries and they had them in bags and were throwing them away so I saw opportunity. I got my brothers and I to help them pick the cherries and for our help we got to take them away (heled them not have to fill their garbage can with cherries) and we washed them (ate a bunch of them, then sold htem door to door) these are the same cherries you buy in the store.

The lemonaid stand is a great way to teach kids about enterprising.. its what got me going.. I sold lemonaid, iced tea, cool aid and water was free to clear their pallette for the next drink.. hehe I had a juice bar!

YOu gotta bea careful these days though with any door to door stuff people are not always safe even in good neighborhoods.

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Jerrico Usher 9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

one more thing.. Robert T. Kiosaki has some wonderful books and courses even games that teach kids finantial responcibility, the wealth mindset, investment and hard work mindset and more.. I'd definitely check it out.. the best book I read first was rich dad poor dad, he made one for kids called rich kid poor kid! this will teach them not to ask you for money but to find ways to earn it (or take allowance and invest it for more!)

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Jennifer 9 years ago Author

Jerrico Usher - sounds like you were on top of things as a kid. Way to go!

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MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

I had to earn money so I had some to spend.

Nevertheless a great hub

Thank you

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MM Del Rosario 9 years ago from NSW, Australia

my daughter is doing paper delivery every Tuesday, she gets between $18-20 dollars a week. the money goes straight to her account, good for a 14 year old and it only takes her 45 minutes to fold and organise the paper and one and half hour to deliver. Not bad at all.....

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Whitney05 9 years ago from Georgia

I agree that children need to learn money management young, otherwise, they'd be like my boyfriend who spends it as soon as it's in his hand. Or when it's not, say '20 bucks that's nothing,' even though he may not have a job...

I like the idea of delivering the paper. Most local papers are always looking for someone to deliver.

Jobs teach children responsibility, even if it's just jobs around the house, earning them a few bucks.

shane 9 years ago

plez tell me parents about this i wantt o get 1 and im 13 they say money doesn't groe on trres so let me make$$$

ash 9 years ago

great tips but are there any kid jobs that invlove business? I cant deliver paper im to young.

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Inspirepub 9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Good Hub, Jennifer!

I have included you in my review Hub ...


Carter 8 years ago

Good but i'm a ten year old almost turning 11 and I need a neighborhood job to make money for college.

alex goode 8 years ago


hey21 8 years ago

that really helpful

macaiyla 8 years ago

Im 10 but i don't know what to do. im going to try a raking service with my friend and im trying to get a dog siting job. Is there any other jobs? plzzzz help

Tammy 8 years ago

All these ideas are wonderful. But what if you live in a neighborhood where its not safe for your kids to go outside. Or you really cant pay them for the chores they do cause everything has to go to the bills.

rose 8 years ago

im trying to save up for a nintendo i do a pet sitting buisness but every body doest go on vacations

freeman 8 years ago

im 15 now and ever since i was 11 i have mowed and weedeated my neighbors ditches and their lawn. i get about 30-50 dollars per.

zonoo 8 years ago

All are so good .But for me,it is not sure,not the kids,all of the man are wnt to get a money better than child.For a little part is ok

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Ashley Joy 7 years ago

These are great ideas. We live very rural though so we allow our kids to raise chickens for eggs and veggies as well. We then take them to a farmers market to sell their wares and make some money. It is a good lesson in work as well as business for them.

mayra 7 years ago

well if u can see me in this well send me a e-mail at u help me faind a jod iam 15 going to 16 help me pleas that can help me get pay good and for me to start saving monye to go to callege....thamks i live in Irving Tx

Krissie 7 years ago

My parents assgined me gardening I am 11 years old I think this will be manageable. I need to earn the money

Gabe 7 years ago

I'm 11 and i just started a bank account. i need a good job that i could make a good $20.00 a month and then combined with the money i earn with my chores would be $40.00. I already take care of my neighbors dog on Monday and Friday and that is $5.00 a day and that's $40.00 a month but sometimes she doesn't need me. I also mow lawns for $5.00 a yard including mine. I'm a very athletic and well built kid and If you know anything that requires a lot more physical labor don't hold back. I'm saving up for a trip that our school takes us on in 8th grade. Its either Costa Rica or D.C. I want to go to costa Rica but that costs $2,000.00 dollars and when i first heard the price i was astonished. So please help me.

cc 7 years ago


now i can make money again. u know if children like me want to work thn they should be able to as lon as they are over 10 i also have a very legall lemonade stand at the pool.

tiquan dine 7 years ago

can i please have a job iam 14teen

Lexi 7 years ago

try babysitting and charge 4 to 5 bucks an hour. Don't get too greedy or else people wont recommend you! :)

sky 7 years ago

can we plz get a job were 12,11,and 8 years old.

victoria 7 years ago

h ha ha lol i know right i need a job!!!

jonty 7 years ago

Very well written hub .....

very much informative ......

Thank you very much for your great hub, for good advice, good wishes and support. Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us.

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Travis 7 years ago

That is so funny that you wrote about gardening for kids! I work with Fast Growing Trees Nursery, and we just published a website dedicated to sharing ideas on how parents can teach kids about gardening. I'd love to hear what you think about our site:


samantha and kelli 7 years ago

we are 11 years old and we are saving up for our dream. We have $35.43 and we need about $2.000 more we walk dogs everyday and they are 1 to 2 dollars each. We need a way to make money fast any ideas would be greatly appreciated.We also sell jewlry for $6 to $15 dollars each. Send any ideas to you could also send it to these are my email adresses (samantha) my email adress is (kelli)

zuhaib akram 7 years ago

i need a jod

none 6 years ago

thanks, helped a lot

noel 6 years ago

help me find a job i am 11 years old very machore for my age danced for 7 years grades don't go lower than a c and live in Glassboro nj i was in the art show in second grad love to draw so if you live near and need someone to walk a dog or cut grass you can reach me at

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deancortez044 6 years ago from Las Vegas

great hub! i agree that kids gets excited with a little amount because they still don't know the value of money. and it's a good thing if they should learn how to spend wisely the money they earned.

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Smiles 6 years ago

Im 11 and I really want a job but I don't know what I should do. Im thinking about doing a pet sitting job but im not sure. Can you halp me with some ideas?

nathan 6 years ago

i don't know igo around asking for stuff to do

Dog Lover411 6 years ago

Any kids out there I got a great seller 4 ya! If you don't go trick or treating go out on Halloween night and sell halloween things! I'm going to try it i'm 11 so I might work! I mean like Ghost necklaces for 75 cents of Halloween bouncy balls for like 50 cents this would probably work well if you go somewhere where it has a lot of people.

Dog Lover411 6 years ago

U could also do it early that way u can still get some candy like if u go out at 5:30 go out at 5:00 and sell the stuff till 6:00 or 5:45

b boy #1 6 years ago

mow lawns , dog sit , clean houses , wash dogs , wash cars , and walk dogs

Kirsty 6 years ago

Hi I am 10 Years old and my cuz is 11 we are trying 2 some kind of business like a pet business, car wash, and when we asked my mom if we could do a babysitting business she said no cuz we r 2 young. we really want money fast!! so if u have any suggestions for us we would strongly appreciate them!! =) Thanks

~Kirsty! :)

Swiftlover05 6 years ago

I have petsitting,errands, wash cars, mow lawns, babysitting, raking leaves, walk dogs, wash dogs. im 11 and im trying to save up for college and singing lessons. what else should I do???

tyler58976 6 years ago

i am 9 1/2 and im trying to save up for a iphone and i just cant find a job in my neighboorhood with being the age i am what job should i have within my neighboorhood i`ve been looking for 2 months now and i haven't found a job! its so frustrating!

adrianna 6 years ago

kids shouldn't have 2 do jobs they should do choreds

Edwin Rivera 5 years ago

Hi im 11 years old i need a job are house went on fire and i live in copiague so i rreally need a jon call me at 5 if u can 631 5326600 thank you

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karsten 5 years ago

i need a job easy fast! i cant drive so i plan on doing stuff for neighbors! i have decided car washing 10.00

pooper scooper service 5.00

window cleaner 3.00

house claning 3.00 each room

water plants 1.00 daily! so 7 days a weeek is 7.00

clean out car. 5.0-10.00

vacume car 5.00-10.00

I have not started i need more sugestions and are these good prices for that!

awesomness 5 years ago

i need a bad job just to get $50.00 to get a scooter.

Senjay Recardo21136 5 years ago

This website is sorta helpful with some great ideas and a great way to learn when and where to do these ideas! Okay then....... bye!

michael bornemann 5 years ago

these things are great for people to work in the neigborhood for kids to earn money . thanks for the kids that can work hard at doing

brianna 5 years ago

I'm 9 years old you know what will be a good idea is to walk a dog for an hour for 15 dollors

the thing 5 years ago

I need a job bad and it's near winter.I don't want to be bustin my butt shoveling snow.I NEED ANSWERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOW


erynn 5 years ago

i relly need a job!!!!!!!!!!!

brooklyn 5 years ago

I need a neighborhood job now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lucyy 5 years ago

I'm starting a job thing, I'm 12. This is what I'm doing.

Window cleaning-£1 a window, if there were 10 windows I would get £10

Raking leaves-£3 a lawn

Weeding drives-£3 a drive

Brushing drives-50p a drive

Car cleaning-£5 a car

Please tell me if this is ok. I'm turning 13. I will do about 10 people after school and in the hols about 20 people a day. I'm saving up for a horse. £150 a week. I added it up on a calculator and I get about £200 a week. The extra £50 will go towards vet bills and farrier.

5 years ago

doesn't help at all

Prashant 5 years ago

Hey I'm a Foreign Exchange Kid from India, having a great time here; just got out of my pocket money, because of a stupid fine..

I can't officially work though I'm 17 so just looking for jobs around the neighborhood..

does anyone has any suggestions??

Kirsten 5 years ago

Hi,My name is Kirsten and I am 12 years old.. Um.. I don't have many suggestions but maybe this could help.

You could sell cookies or sweets around the neighbors houses for about 30-50p/cents? ( I'm british )

You could start up a lemonade stand but you may have to get permission from the council, maybe selling at 30p maximum per cup. Maybe an after school stall ( again, you may need permission from the council ) which would get you a load of cash because if you have a big school like mine, with a few hundred in it, and you sold some sweets, everyone, if they had money, WOULD BUY IT. Even cups of fizzy, or cola or something would attract a lot of people. You would probobly have it right outside the school.

Another thing, I'd like to add is, here in Scotland, ( I'm not sure if it is different where you are.) most people would disagree with 10 year olds and younger, ( Young Kids) babysitting. I think personally that the youngest age to babysit is 14. Even 15,16,17 is still young. I may be only 12 years old.. but I have the brain of a 22 year old.

Hope this was helpful!


5 years ago

I think that was wonderful advise, thank's for the help!

Ilovesoccer 4 years ago

This gave me some great idea i mean like i still don't know if im gonna do it its a big thing to think about but for right now im still gonna search the web, Thanks.

Liam McCarthy 4 years ago

I am 12 y ears old and live in Connecticut. I am saving up for an iPhone 4s that's $200. I NEED MONEY KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lolo 4 years ago

I am 11 years old.

I need money so that I can save up for a trip.

I was gonna tutor maths or maybe mow lawns. Do u think my parents should let me? Our neighbourhood is very friendly. I live in Ireland. Please Jennifer, let me know at Thank you.


T Dog 4 years ago

Hi am a girrle that is 12 yers old i want a gob around my naber houd in Springfield VT 10 orchard Ln 05156 fore tacking dogs forre howe cant eney more. i love aspca i suport them every yer at my shoole plise help the abusd anmuls plise thank you :) ;)

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hailey sermons 4 years ago

well i live in in oxford florida and im 10 i need money to buy party suplies for my bday so i need a job im realygood at dog sitting and yard work and im great with babies i can work on the weekends and i can wor through the week days but starting at 3:oo pm but i cant work on mondays but i need a job well by

Alex gonzalez 4 years ago

My Dad Has an acident and we went Long without Money and we still Need some so Help

Need Help? 4 years ago

I'm 11 and want a job and money to buy things. I decided to survay my neighborhood for what jobs they would let an 11 year old do. The jobs that were liked the most were, dog walking, baby sitting,and yard work. Most of these jobs will help you make money quickly. Before I moved here from Ak I had a dog walking buisness that made about 20 a week and it was fun! Hope that will be of some use to someone who needed a job and money like I did.


NATHAN LESSER 3 years ago

I NEED TO MAKE SOME MONEY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:-)

Gracie 3 years ago

My Friend Is Going To Marie My Mom He Needs A Ring To Do So I'm Saving Up But My Mom Does Not Trust Me Out Doing Neighborhood Chores Hes Going To Try To Have Her Say Yes So I Can Do Some Chores In The Neighborhood And Save Up I Need To Get Money As My Friend Goes To Work.I NEED MONEY FOR THE RING NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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