What started with a young girl’s lemonade stand on a suburban Chilliwack street corner last week grew and grew until it became a $3,000 donation to Lytton wildfire victims.
Nine-year-old Emily Loewen told her dad Darcy she wanted to do something to help Lytton. So, dad suggested a lemonade stand.
She was out at the corner of First Avenue and Charles Street on July 5 with seven-year-old stepsister Savannah Tickle and neighbour Gracie MacKinnon.
The girls did really well. They raised about $220 in the first two hours.
After a photo and small story was posted on The Progress website, the girls got invited to set up outside Produce Gone Wild, which they did and raised yet more money.
Then things got really big when the “Let’s Ride Fraser Valley” group and the “Fraser Valley Riders Group” on Facebook said they wanted to include Emily and her friends’ lemonade stand as part of their Sunday poker run.
Then the Two Wheel Tuesday group came to down and visited the girls at the Charles Street stand location.
Darcy said members of his family each pitched in with cash donations, and by the end of Tuesday, the girls had raised more than $3,000.
Dad Darcy said the plan at first was to donate half of lemonade sales to the Lytton cause, once the numbers started getting big they knew they had to donate it all.
Darcy pointed to a post he found onlie that said the Government of Canada and the Government of B.C. will match every dollar donated to the Canadian Red Cross 2021 BC Fires appeal.
“This means that every $1 donated will become $3 to support those affected by wildfires.”
Darcy said he was really proud of his girl after the first day at Charles and First.
“It’s not like she’s gonna raise $10,000 dollars,” he joked a week ago. “But it’s cute and shows there is still good hearts in this world.”
But if she donates to the Canadian Red Cross, it looks like the donation could get pretty close after all.
“Funny thing,” he said on Wednesday. “If she gives it to the Red Cross then she would have made $9,000 in donations.”
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