Posted by: Tricia | October 15, 2013

The Lemonade Stand


A while back the boys and I began talking about having a lemonade stand, and a little later we decided to do it with the intention of raising money for our World Vision sponsored child, Marvin.  The boys were so excited to have a real lemonade stand in their yard and to raise extra money for Marvin and his family.  I found the cutest banner templates on pinterest that I printed and laminated  (have I mentioned that I love my laminator?!?).  It was so easy and our lil’ lemonade stand was so cute, if I do say so myself!  Since our street doesn’t get a ton of traffic I thought it would be wise to send out an invitation via email and Facebook to a few people, telling them to stop by if they were going to be in the neighborhood.  The boys had no idea that I did this (wink, wink).  We figured at 50 cents a cup they wouldn’t raise too much money so we told them ahead of time that we would match whatever they made.

The boys were so excited to get to help make the lemonade.  I forgot to take pictures of them helping, but they did a great job taking turns and tasting it, too!

Once we had everything set up and ready to go, all we had to do then was wait for customers!  For the first few minutes or so they started to get a little worried that no one would come, but I assured them that if we just kept waiting someone would show up!  At this point I was very glad that I had sent that email out!




Our first customer was actually my close friend Stacey’s mother and sister, but I forgot to take their picture!  Daddy stopped by not long after.


After that, more and more customers started to arrive!  The boys would wave whenever a car got near and they would jump up and down with excitement when the car would pull over and stop.


I was astounded by how much people were donating to Marvin and his family!  Our promise to match their earnings was starting to look more and more like it would actually make a dent in the pocketbook….and I could not have been happier about it!


Sweet Elliot enjoying a nice cold glass of lemonade!


Our friends Jaclynn, Gabriel, and baby Daniel stopped by for a bit.


Kristen and Chase drove across town for a glass of lemonade.  Apparently Chase knew about it the night before.  The moment he woke up he grabbed his quarters tight in his hand and began asking when he would get to go to the lemonade stand.  He also told his mom that it was the best (albeit the only) lemonade stand he’d ever been to!


At one point we had quite a crowd!


We even had a few dogs visit the lemonade stand.


Among the last to arrive were Pop and Grand Hat and Papaw.  Papaw actually came and gave a generous donation to take the remainder of our product home with him!


After three hours at work we packed everything up and headed inside for lunch.  Elliott could not wait to count the money!  It was a great exercise in money counting for sure.  Again, I was blown away when we figured that the boys raised over $100!!  That meant that we were going to be able to send over $200 to Marvin and his family to spend on whatever they wanted.


When I called World Vision to make the donation I was able to tell him about the boys’ lemonade stand.  The rep was so excited about it and reminded me that we could send Marvin a picture via email of the boys selling the lemonade.  The process for actually getting the money to Marvin’s family is long and it will be a few months before we hear back from them, but apparently they will most likely be sending us a picture along with a letter explaining how they were able to use the money.  We are very much looking forward to hearing back from them!

This was such a sweet time for our family.  God has blessed us beyond measure and it was wonderful to be able to do something like this for others who have so little.







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