You may have heard of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. A little girl named Alex was diagnosed with cancer when she was 1 year old. When she was four years old, Alex asked her mom if she could have a lemonade stand to raise money for “her hospital”. Her legacy lives on as lemonade stands all over the country continue to support her pediatric cancer foundation to the tune of $100 million as of January 1, 2015. How cool is that?!
My kids and friends wanted to make cookies and sell them at a stand at the park. They’ve done lemonade stands but they wanted to make cookies all by themselves (for the first time) and then raise money to give to The Milo Foundation, a Bay Area dog and cat rescue group. How could I say no to that? Of course we were going there for the third time that week to try to adopt a dog. The kids raised $19 and gave it to the foundation. Ironically we didn’t find a dog there, but a few days later at the Marin Humane Society. Guess we know where the next stand money will go.
Here are some steps to help you create a stand and raise money for something you or your kids believe in…
1. Make excellent homemade product. If it’s lemonade squeeze it yourself. If it’s cookies make them from scratch. Store bought is not an option. My kids made the recipe from the bag of the chocolate chip bag with some added sprinkles. It doesn’t need to be fancy. Here’s a lemonade recipe.
(Makes 3 ½ cups)
½ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice, juice from about 4 lemons
½ cup sugar
1 ½ cups water, divided
Heat sugar and ½ cup water over medium heat in a small saucepan. Stir until sugar has dissolved and mixture has thickened, about 2 to 3 minutes. This is simple syrup. Combine lemon juice, simple syrup and additional cup of water to taste.
Chill in thermos for easy packing or plastic pitcher, if location is a short walk.
Pour over ice in plastic or paper cups.
2. Create fun signs. Kids can get really creative with this one.
3. Set up shop with friends and family to help.
4. Choose a location with lots of people. Think parks, game fields, school.
5. Set a fair price or simply ask for a donation for each cup. (*You’ll make more $ by asking for a donation.)