Lillian's Lemonade Stand
Lillian, a very energetic 5-year-old recently held a lemonade stand so all of her family, friends and passersby could cool off from the heat with an ice-cold refreshment. However, Lillian put her own spin on her lemonade stand.
Since her mother, Whitney Hosty, serves as the Community Foundation’s senior philanthropic advisor, it shouldn’t surprise you that Lillian insisted on donating all of her profits to charity. Gina Reardon, owner of Catering by Design and chair of the Kansas City Culinary Community Bake Sale team, along with several other volunteer bakers offered to provide cookies to further entice visitors. The sales from the lemonade and delicious treats benefitted No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit organization that works to end child hunger.
After passing out flyers to neighbors and friends, the lemonade stand was open for business. At the end of the day, Lillian collected over $800 from generous Kansas Citians, and she is still counting. With a philanthropic spirit starting at such a young age, who knows what she will come up with next!
Looking for ways to help your child think about charity? Consider the following:
- Take your children to visit and volunteer at a local nonprofit organization.
- Talk to your children about where you give and why, and include them in decisions related to your giving.
- Check out our list of 10 Children’s Books About Giving.
- Help your children budget using separate piggy banks for “save,” “spend” and “share.”
- On their birthdays, allow your children to make a donation to their favorite charity in celebration of their special day.
Authored by: Sidney Peterson, Communications & Events Specialist