Bad things are going to happen. In this world there are all kinds of people and events that will come along to test you, some will test more than just yourself. In late June, 11-year-old Alizay Kashif set up a lemonade stand in her family’s neighborhood in Naperville, Illinois, a suburb on the western outskirts of Chicago. She was selling refreshments to benefit Feeding America, a national network of food banks. But after she took in nine bucks, a group of teenagers grabbed the money basket and drove off with it. A horrible act of greed and malice. It left the young girl devastated as $9 is a lot for a lemonade stand.
So what do you do in times like this? If you are the girls father, you do the right thing, you turn to your community for help. He posted on the neighborhood social media platform Nextdoor, explaining how sad his daughter was and asking what he should do about the theft. The Alizay and her sister Emaan still wanted to help, still wanted to sell lemonade, despite the theft. But they were in a quiet part of the neighbourhood which kept them from enough exposure. A former journalist and neighbour, Ben Hutchinson, saw the post online and offered them his busy street corner; that’s when things picked up. And this time they had back-up! A local officer stopped to stand guard and ensure no one tried to make off with their earnings this time. But they also did a little more than that… By the end of the day the girls had raised some $350.00 through a parade of police patrol cars, lemonade sales, and a few Facebook donations.
“The parents wanted to teach their kids a lesson about perseverance,” Hutchinson said. It worked; the girl’s passion helped bring a neighborhood closer together. It’s a wonderful story of a community coming together to undo a bad situation and you can find more in your Good News Story of the Day here. Then keep an eye out and see how you can help out in your community.
Story and Image from CNN.