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When life gives you lemons, host a good karma lemonade stand to raise funds for an important cause.
Before losing her battle with cancer at age eight, Alexandra “Alex” Scott had raised $1 million for pediatric cancer research through lemonade stand sales she’d generated since age four. In 2005 her parents officially established Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) to continue her dream of finding a cure. In honor of Alex, kids and families continue to host lemonade stands across the country. To date, her legacy has raised over $100 million.
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4 Steps for a Successful Lemonade Stand
The fun summer project provides an opportunity to teach the kids a lesson in seva, the yogic concept of self-less giving, epitomized by the aphorism: It’s better to give than to receive. Seva is the key ingredient for this charitable project. Here four more steps recommended by ALSF:
1. Choose your location.
Set a date and time and register your Alex’s Lemonade Stand at alexslemonade.org
2. Let everyone know what you’re doing.
After registering, you’ll receive an online fundraising page to share with friends on social media or in emails, as people who cannot attend your stand may still want to donate. Put up fliers and contact local media to garner support.
3. On the big day, have fun!
Instead of putting a price on a cup of lemonade, ask for a donation. Let customers know you accept checks and text donations, as well as cash. Consider selling a raffle, baked goods or crafts to maximize donations.
4. Send in your donations.
After your stand, send monies raised, along with your event ID number in an envelope to:
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
333 E. Lancaster Avenue, #414
Wynnewood, PA, 19096
To find out where your money goes, explore this list of funded projects.
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Erika Prafder is a veteran writer and product reviewer for The New York Post and the author of a book on entrepreneurship. A long-time yoga enthusiast and Hatha yoga teacher, she edits KidsYogaDaily.com, a news source for young yogis. The working mother of three resides in a beach community in Long Island, New York.