Lemonade stand benefits Primary Children’s Medical Center

Sep 16 2012 - 10:15pm

KAYSVILLE -- Lemonade stands run by children are often seen in neighborhoods during the summer months, and it was no different in the west Kaysville neighborhood where Avery Jacobs lives.

But Avery's lemonade stand wasn't just so she could earn money. The 7-year-old daughter of Zach and Erika Jacobs wanted to earn money for a special cause.

It started in January when she celebrated her birthday in an unusual way. When 15 of her friends bought gifts, they were not for the birthday girl but for children at Primary Children's Medical Center. Avery had asked her friends to bring a game or toys to be donated to the hospital.

When Avery and her mom delivered the gifts, they were asked to leave them at the front desk.

"It made me feel good," Avery said as she sat on the couch beside her sisters in the family home.

After that success, Avery approached her mother to ask if she could have a lemonade stand this summer.

"She asked me several times to sell lemonade," Erika Jacobs said, who felt it was too hot to sit outside trying to sell drinks. Finally Erika asked Avery why she wanted a lemonade stand. They do not live on a busy street, so there isn't much traffic.

Avery said she wanted to earn money for the kids at Primary Children's hospital.

"I remembered seeing people there that needed help," Avery said.

Erika Jacobs' brother was in Primary Children's last November.

"It was fun to go see him," Erika Jacobs said.

"We saw people in wheelchairs. I saw one with a broken arm and scratches," Avery said. And her younger sister, 4-year-old Hayden, added that she also saw children in wheelchairs. The experience made them want to help.

"Mom should have asked me why I wanted to do it the first day I asked," Avery said.

So Avery and Hayden set up to sell lemonade. Only three people showed up. Avery knew she had to get more customers. So a new date was set, and her mom decided she would do some baking and make it a bake sale, too.

"My mom and I helped, then my aunt and my grandma, but mom baked most of them," Avery said.

Avery made a flyer with the time, date and place on it, and it told about the lemonade sale proceeds going to Primary Children's Medical Center. Her mom sent out emails to friends and relatives telling them about the sale. Avery and Hayden and their cousin Emery hung the flyers around the neighborhood.

This time the sale was a success, and the youngsters earned $1,371.71 to take to the medical center.

"We counted the money and got it wrong, and then they counted it," Avery explained.

"We didn't get to talk with anyone, but they sent her letters telling her what they would do with the money," said Erika Jacobs of the correspondence from the hospital.

Avery held three letters in her hand while saying she was excited to get the letters in the mail. The first came after the toys and games were donated, and the other two after the money was given to the hospital.

"I helped, we helped each other," Hayden said. And 2-year-old Ella said she helped, too.

"It was really cool for Avery -- so many people came to support her," Erika said.

And while it was fun, according to Avery, "It was a lot of work."

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