‘Lemonade Challenge’ Helps Kids Living In Shelters Fill Their Backpacks With School Supplies

by Kelly Glass
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Lemonade stands are often a child’s first foray into entrepreneurship. With Annie McAveeney’s help, lemonade stands are also helping kids learn to give back to other kids in need.

Annie’s organization, Fill a Heart 4 Kids, uses every dollar kids earn selling lemonade directly for buying new school supplies for kids in need.

“Back-to-school supplies are so important for children. We want to make sure they are prepared and ready to learn on the first day of school,” she said.  As part of her organization’s lemonade challenge, Annie leaves containers of powdered lemonade all around the Chicago area and encourages families to set up their own stands to help hundreds of kids in area shelters.

With the help of families across the area, profits from the lemonade stands have gone to purchase more than 30,000 new school items that have been distributed to 13 Chicago area group homes.

“It’s not just about DCFS being there, or our government being there; it’s about community working together as a team so we can launch these children so they can be successful,” she said.

The kids get to go shopping among tables filled with school supplies and fill their backpacks with the items they want.

Fill a Heart 4 Kids is challenging families to put together their own lemonade stands to help kids start off school prepared. Watch the video below to see how the lemonade challenge is making back-to-school a little bit easier for kids in need.

Footage provided by WGNTV Chicago

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