Monday, July 6, 2009

As Lemonade Brigade grows, so grows the money

The Lemonade Brigade has been out in force the past few days and their charities are a little richer.

Lauren Hurston, 9, and little sister Lindsey, 6, (shown in the photo) raised $25 at a July 4 lemonade stand at Vineyard's Point on Lake Norman. Their money will go to the Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte.

Eleven-year-old Taylor Shaw of Clover, S.C., took a table and makings for lemonade to her dad's job (Tire Kingdom in Gastonia) and set up out front to raise money for "Alex's Lemonade Stand," an organization that helps fight childhood cancer.

Tire Kingdom makes donations to Alex's Lemonade Stand, and Taylor told her father (he's the manager) that they'd raise more money if she helped and sold lemonade outside.

"I've never seen her so excited," her mother, Dana, reported. At one point, Taylor called her mother and said: "Mom, people are selling!"

"You mean people are buying?" her mother asked.


They're still counting the loot.

Friday, cancer survivor Anthony Adams, 7, set up his lemonade stand in front of Biggs Camera shop on South Kings Drive and hauled in $187. He'll deliver the cash this week to his favorite charity, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

He hopes to take his stand on the road this weekend to a spot near you to spread the word for his Smile for Life fundraiser and to raise more money and awareness for LLS. To track Anthony's progress, please click here.

The Coss family has been reading about the brigade, and the Coss children -- Kevin, 9, and Lucas, 11, -- decided they, too, would erect a stand on their street (Giverny Drive, off Colony Road in the SouthPark area). With the help of four neighborhood friends (Kyle Wood, 10; Spencer Wood, 8; Julia Wood, 4; and Quinlan Darling, 11) they sold lemonade, Kool-aid and chocolate chip cookies for 25 cents a pop.

The crew raised $20.50, and three sets of parents matched the haul for a total of $82. They'll deliver the money this week to their chosen charity, Loaves & Fishes of Charlotte.