Helping Others, One Glass at a Time

“We held a lemonade stand to raise money for a local charity that provides free wheelchairs to people who need them. Our neighbors and friends helped us run the stand and provided the lemons. The most fun part was helping customers and drinking the leftover lemonade!” —Sara, age 11 and Nico, age 9

 

Whether it’s to raise money to support a school, our troops, or other worthy cause, many kids look to a lemonade stand when they want to help other people. It’s a simple way for kids to make a real difference.

 

How to Host a Lemonade Stand for a Cause

 

If you intend to donate the money you make from your lemonade stand to support others, be sure to let your customers know the organization you’re supporting. Mention it on your signs, and talk it up when people approach. Customers will likely want to help—they may even donate more than the price of your lemonade.


After you close up your stand, count up the money you’ve collected and have an adult write a check or make an online donation to the organization in that amount.

 

Finding a Cause to Support

 

It may be as easy as looking around your own community. You might choose to raise money for your school’s PTA or to help send your soccer team to a tournament. If you’re an animal lover, you could support your local humane society or animal rescue organizations. Many organizations accept donations to help feed and clothe families in need. You can learn about all kinds of different causes and organizations supporting them at charitynavigator.org.

From The Lemonade Stand Cookbook: Step-by-Step Recipes and Crafts for Kids to Make--and Sell!, by Kathy Strahs (Burnt Cheese Press, 2017)