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Grandkids make 'Pops' proud: Lemonade sales go for a good causePosted Monday, May 23, 2011, at 12:22 PM
The grandkids at their lemonade stand (from left): Jacyln Byrd, Sydney Brown, Jaeden Byrd and Xavier Brown.
This past Friday and Saturday, my daughter and wife were involved in the staging of an annual yard sale -- part of a subdivision-wide project in West Lafayette.
That in itself wasn't too exciting. I basically was along for the ride and to be a "go-fer," if needed.
But what really got my attention was my four grandchildren -- ages 7, 6, 5, 4 -- who pitched in and set up their own business project along side the yard sale of their mother and "Nana."
Armed with a card table, chairs, a pitcher, ice and some lemonade mix they were soon in business.
They used markers to craft a sign on a posterboard that hawked their product to the passing stream of yard-salers.
They offered lemonade at 25 cents a cup and on their sign they proudly advertised that some of the money was going to be used to help kids in Africa.
It was hot and humid outdoors, so it sounded like a good business plan to provide a small cup of refreshing relief for the hopefully thirsty bargain hunters who attended the yard sales.
Nothing too unusual about that. A lot of kids sell lemonade for a variety of good reasons.
But before the sale started this foursome of young business operators decided they wanted to do something more than just sell lemonade.
At first, they decided to pool their money and one half of the proceeds would go to help young children in Africa.
But how would they do that?
My oldest daughter told the youngsters about a very worthwhile mission project that her church is involved in with Living Waters International.
In short, the not-for-profit ministry helps the churches in North America be the hands and feet of Jesus by serving the poorest of the poor. More than a billion people in the world live on less than a dollar a day with 884 million people -- roughly one-eighth of the world's population -- lacking access to safe drinking water.
These people constantly suffer from water-related diseases and parasites, and/or because they spend long stretches of their time carrying water over long distances.
In response to this need, Living Water International has implemented participatory, community-based water solutions in developing countries.
Since it began the effort in 1990 when a group from Houston, Texas traveled to Kenya to drill the first well, they have completed more than 9,000 water projects for communities in 26 countries.
Living Water International is helping with water projects in Angola, Brazil, Burundi, Central African Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Kenya, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Peru, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe just to mention a few of the places around the globe.
Living Water International's programs focus on training in shallow well drilling, pump repair, and hygiene education.
Hearing that, the kids decided to help out this ministry that has raised more than $5,000 at the Calvary Baptist Church in West Lafayette, where my daughter's family attends.
The youngsters each had an assigned task -- grabbing a cup, filling the cup with ice, carefully pouring the lemonade and taking the money from the customers.
They worked it hard, even in the lull times when things a got a little boring.
Yes, there was some spilled lemonade, a couple of Styrofoam cups were crushed and some sticky hands.
The lemonade sale went well, despite being shutdown early on Saturday because of rain.
The kids made just over $19 after expenses and donated $9.60 -- a little more than half of their profits -- to Living Water International.
People were so good. One man even donated $5 to the kid's lemonade fund when he heard that some of the money was going to go to help build water wells in foreign lands.
There were others who gave them 50 cents and said keep the change.
A portion of the money raised -- about $2.50 each -- was spent by the grandkids on their own yard sale purchases with the able guidance from their "Nana," who has a track history of finding the best bargains at yard and garage sales.
So there was more than a couple of wonderful lessons learned from this lemonade stand deal -- helping others and searching for the best deals at yard sales.
Good job, Sydney, Jaeden, Jaclyn and Xavier. You might not yet be ready for Donald Trump's Apprentice Show, but you sure made ole Pops very proud that you thought enough to reach out and help those less fortunate. It was a lesson that others should follow.
Nick is assistant editor for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by telephone at 847-4487 or 1-800-947-4487; by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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