Sometimes, a pair of kids and a lemonade stand is all you need to make a difference.
Earlier this month, Alexie Petrov, an 8-year-old from Woodbridge, and friend Lily Liu, an 8-year-old from North Haven, teamed up to operate a lemonade stand at Fitzgerald Cornfields in Woodbridge. The two raised $271.16 from serving lemonade and cookies, with proceeds going to the Humane Society of Grand Bahama, the northernmost of the islands of the Bahamas.
“We’re huge animal lovers,” said Chandra Prasad, Petrov’s mother. “When we were discussing how many dogs and cats died after Hurricane Dorian, two and two came together and he wanted to start a lemonade stand.”
Nearly 100 animals died at the Humane Society of Grand Bahama alone because of Hurricane Dorian. One GoFundMe page had raised over $200,000 for the shelter.
“Our family was so thrilled to support animals in need in the Bahamas and so proud that young members of our community are taking a leadership role in fundraising for a cause they are passionate about,” said Debra Taubner, a Woodbridge resident.
Petrov and Liu operated the lemonade stand from on Sept. 15.
“Lily came over afterward and they counted the proceeds twice,” Prasad said.
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