Sydney Woodworth and her friends don’t just turn lemons into lemonade, they are masterminding an endeavor that is helping seriously ill children find hope and in the process learning that giving makes you feel like a million dollars. (Donate online via the link at the end of this post.)
They opened their 1st lemonade stand in the Woodworth’s north Edmonton driveway on July 26, 2010.
Sydney’s mom, Lisa, posted on Facebook, “The girls are doing a lemonade stand today, and tomorrow. All proceeds to the Stollery (The Edmonton Stollery Children’s Hospital). They’re selling snow cones, some sort of drink, dog treats, water for dogs, jumbo freezies.”
Five Years Later…
Now five years later they outgrew the driveway and were situated at the Namao Centre (9611 167 Ave.) in the Sobey’s parking lot. Their stand has been visited by Theo Peckham, Shannon Szabados, numerous radio hosts and TV news anchors. This year Chapman’s is sponsoring ice cream, Gatorade provides water bottles, Shell donated popcorn and HOT107 FM broadcast live on opening day, July 9th.
Most importantly, Syd and her friends raised over $15,750! (See the end of post for how much was raised in the summer of 2015.)
A Boy Named Moses
They started their stand when Syd was 5 years old because of a boy named Moses Felix. He was her classmate in kindergarten. He died of leukemia. Syd’s mom Lisa says, “He was the first person the girls knew who died. And he was a kid…it could have been her. Broke all of our hearts, knowing the pain their family was going through.”
The girls wanted to do something to try to show they cared. Syd’s parents had talked about all the wonderful doctors and nurses at the Stollery where Moses lived out a lot of his little life. They talked about all of the other kids and their families that were going through it now too. They talked about how lucky we are that we have the Stollery that has the best of the best to offer all of the kids in western Canada.
The girls decided that they wanted to host a lemonade stand and whatever money they raised they would donate to the Stollery. They thought they might raise $40….they were blown away when they raised $250! The next year they doubled it and gave the Stollery a check for $500! The next year they aimed for $1000.
The girls worked their fingers to the core that year and the weather wasn’t cooperating much but still they got to the $1000 mark. That year when they went to present the check, the Stolley brought out an over-sized check. The girls felt even more amazing from that and it fueled them for the next year.
They decided to go for $2000, and nearly $4000 was raised! Then in 2014 they thought, “let’s do this! Let’s aim high! $6000!!!!!” At the end of the day they raised nearly $9000!
Lisa says, “What started as two kids has turned into a huge community event. Everybody has had something to offer be it their time, donations of product to sell and lots of word of mouth. Syd says it ‘fills her bucket’. We met Moses’ dad last year. It was super sad and super wonderful at the same time. It really warmed our hearts for him to see how in his son’s five short years how many people’s lives he has touched. As a mom I love that.”
Last year, because they had raised over $15000, they put a plaque up on the wall at the Stollery, where the number will continue to grow every year as they do this….and on the plaque it says “IN MEMORY OF MOSES FELIX.”
Their goal for 2015 was $15,000. They raised $15,750.20!!!!!!
You can donate online year round at this site. Online donations are automatically issued a tax receipt.
Related Post: “7 Things Kids Do to Change the World”
APPLICATION: Watch for their stand next year. Make a donation and tell the kids they’re awesome! Please leave a comment below.
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