Friday, July 6, 2012

Sellin' Lemonade (and a giveaway!)

**THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED AND COMMENTS ARE ALSO CLOSED.  THE WINNER IS MOMA CHAS.  PLEASE CONTACT ME VIA EMAIL AT LEMONADEMAKINMAMA@COMCAST.NET AND I'LL GET YOUR PRIZE RIGHT OUT TO YOU.  THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN ENCOURAGING OUR KIDDOS IN YOUR COMMENTS.  I KNOW YOU REALLY BLESSED THEIR LITTLE HEARTS!**
 A few months ago, I was introduced to an organization that helps bring clean water and AIDS education to Africans.  It's called Blood Water Mission, and they blew my mind.  Founded by the band, "Jars of Clay" I was thrilled to hear that they offer countless ways to get involved.... 
...but I was delighted to discover that they have an incredibly practical and FUN way to get involved.  Lemonade stands. 
 They asked me if I'd be interested in having a lemonade stand and then blogging about it so you guys could get involved this summer.  I jumped at the chance. (I am, after all, Lemonade Makin' Mama right?)  They hooked me up with a lemonade stand kit which included promotional information and posters, tee shirt iron-ons, balloons, tattoos, postcards and some photos from Africa.  I was ecstatic.  All I needed to do was add some cups, lemonade, and friends...
 ...because I can't for the life of me do these things alone.  I like to turn things into parties and gatherings.  It's probably a sickness, but I don't care.  I immediately began reaching out to bloggy buddies and local girlfriends, asking them to join and participate. 
 Because it's summer, and summer's a busy time of year, several of my peeps had to be absent.  But the ones that could make it were filled with enthusiasm.  Especially my son. He was probably heard two counties over, yelling, "LEMONADE" at the top of his lungs. 
 We had music, beach balls, balloons, signs, smiles, sunshine and sugar.  You know that's a recipe for fun.
 A bunch of us found some baseball tees at a sports store and ironed on our logos.
 Oh and I forgot to mention we had bubbles.  A lot of bubbles.  And hula hoops.  There were even challenges to see if one could blow bubbles while hula hooping.  Ava rocked that one.
 I love that my girlies all jumped at the chance to join in. 
 Even more than that... I love the mission that Blood Water Mission has going.  You can read more here... but they are doing big things for people who need big help.  It's such a little thing to us, but one dollar can provide enough clean drinking water for an African for an entire year. 
 So yeah, we spent two precious summer hours standing, jumping, yelling, inviting, and waiting in the hot sun for thirsty people.  But because we were doing this for someone other than ourselves... the kids did great.   

 I'm not sure what your summer plans are this year...  but I'd love to personally invite you to consider the tiny amount of preparation it would take to host your own little lemonade stand.

  You don't have to invite all your friends or make it a huge event... just think, if you only raised $10, you gave ten Africans water for the next year.  That's something worth taking the time for, don't you think?
 You can purchase one of their lemonade stand kits for only ten dollars, here.  (Or you can leave a comment on this post and be entered to win one right here with me!)

 I felt so proud of our kids.  They did a great job. 

 Over 100 Africans will be able to enjoy refreshing, clean water for the next year because of the time they took today. 
 In fact, we're going to do it again in August, at a car wash!  We already had the shirts and stuff.... just seemed like a great way to spend a couple of hours.
 Of course there was a lot of "sampling" and visiting...
 And that's precisely why you invite your friends to join you.  Agreed?

 
  If you'd like to enter to win this lemonade stand kit to which I've added a key lime lemonade mix, some lemonade flower shaped cookies, straws, and cups, please leave an encouraging comment on this post for the many sweet kiddos who enthusiastically poured lemonade and waved signs with smiles on their faces this morning.

Makin' Lemonade,


70 comments:

  1. This is wonderful. My company is doing a similar thing for childhood cancer research with Alex's Lemonade Stand. I spent last weekend cutting out nearly 1k paper lemons for donors to fill out and us to display as part of our drive.

    I loved this post Sasha.

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  2. That is such an amazing way to spend a few hours. The kids seemed to have a ball, and they learned a wonderful lesson at the same time. Way to go!

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  3. What a great idea! Way to go kiddos. My kids would really enjoy doing one too!

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  4. That is so impressive! I had no idea the difference a simple dollar could make. I would love to do a lemonade stand with some of the youth at our church sometime this summer!

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  5. What an awesome and selfless thing to do you, you guys! Way to go! I was so impressed with your enthusiastic faces and fantastic t-shirts! You should be very proud of yourselves for this! I would be honored to participate with our children and do this too! XO Laura

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  6. awesome chica! all your hard work looked like a huge hit!!!

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  7. Way to go, Kids! Do you think this would be a good idea for my Sunday School class? I do.

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  8. You guys are so AWESOME! I wish we could be neighbors so we could be a part of all your wonderful adventures. Thank you for sharing on your blog so that we can be a part of it in spirit.

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  9. What a great way to show how a small glass of lemonade can help in such a huge way. Great job kids!

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  10. That is wonderful!!! My kids usually have a lemonade stand at our annual garage sale to raise funds for missions at church but they would love this too!! Awesome!!

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  11. What awesome God-followers you have!!! I'm so proud of them all!

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  12. Awesome job! Loved seeing the kids SMILES as they did this.

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  13. Wow!! You kids did all that? Amazing! The love and enthusiasm you exhibited today will go far in making someone else's life better. Way to go!!

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  14. What a great thing to do! Great job, kids!!!!

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  15. That is so cute! Love that your mail man (lady?) stopped for some!

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  16. Love that your kids were so excited to help someone they've never met!!!

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  17. What fun! I love this idea and I especially love the picture of the cute girls handing some lemonade to the mailman!

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  18. This is awesome! So proud of kiddos who want to make a difference in our world! Would love to win the Kit and plan a lemonade stand in our little community!

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  19. That's the best lemonade stand I've ever seen. Absolutely adorable!!!

    ~FringeGirl

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  20. Wow, they did an awesome job!!! Having a special needs daughter, this is something she would find very fun. I can see getting our friends involved and how excited my daughters would be to participate in this type of event.

    Molly

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  21. What an absolutely precious way to spend a few hours!!! I love all the excitement and joy that you captured in everyone's eyes. I would love to do this with my kids and their friends!!! So so cute!!!

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  22. this turned out fantastic!!! love! so happy you are spreading the word on this.

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  23. I think it is so important to teach your children to give generously. They can give time, money or any special talents they might have. You totally rock for teaching your kids giving!

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  24. that's the coolest thing I've ever seen! :)

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  25. This brought tears to my eyes! Any kind of outreach for children in need speaks to my heart. My daughter is from China so I understand just how much this kind of fundraising means to these children and their caregivers. Awesome job :)

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  26. A wonderful summer outreach project for kiddos! Looks like JJ was the most enthusiastic, such a sweet spirit! Thank you for sharing!

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  27. Can I share some of your photos on my blog about the water situation in Zambia? I will give you full credit with a link back to your site.
    I have been to Zambia three times and soon to be four. I have seen the dire need they have for water. Our church drills wells in the Eastern Province of Zambia. Blessings to you for getting involved in this.
    John 4:14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst;...
    Blessings, Shelia

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  28. This ROCKS !!!!!! All the kids in my neighborhood would LOVE to do this !!!!!!

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  29. this is so awesome and i would be honored to win this! blessings mary

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  30. Sasha,
    You guys totally rocked it! I am planning to do this with my kiddos and friends this summer. Wish me luck with the 100 temps here in Austin! I am borrowing your signage ideas. Totally loved your groups enthusiasm and kids learning to serve. Well done! Cheers, Jennifer

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  31. What a great giveaway and a cool way to teach kids the value of money and = the impact they can have. Thanks!

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  32. I am going to buy a kit--I wish I would have known about this cause before the 4th of July because our neighborhood kids hosted quite the sell. We must do this before we move--must. Thanks!

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  33. I would love to win this kit, I am going to Rhode Island in August and it would be a great activity to do with all of my nieces, nephews, friends and family. Way to go with your successful day, that is awesome. Thank you.

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  34. Great Job to you and your kids! I've just been thinking about in what other ways can I help teach my kids to serve and bless others. This is a great tool for them to work hard and help out others who don't have much.
    I am blessed and would love this kit as it would be a great addition to what i've currently been thinking about.

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  35. Wow! You guys did a grat job! It is a wonderful thing when we put other before ourselves and serve with a servants heart. The Lord sees and He is proud of you all. I would love to do this with my kids and our small group from church.

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  36. Hi this is Kelly W. I left the message above! Sorry I hit Anonymous

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  37. Wish I would have stopped by yesterday! I never left my house!!! Looks like it was a great day!!!

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  38. What a great day!! Brought happy tears to my eyes!! Will definately check out this organization:) The Lord has sure used you to teach SO many friend, family and passer byers(?) about Jesus! We have soo much to be thankful for and you have done an amazing job showing Jesus' love!!!

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  39. Everything looked so pretty - who wouldn't want a cup of that lemonade! What a great cause.

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  40. My husband just returned from a two week mission trip to Africa. There are so many people in need. How wonderful that you all have made a difference in the lives of others!

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  41. Sasha this so cool!!! What a great job the kids did, Im sure they can't wait to do it again. I think even if I don't win the kit I'll do it with my 10 year old nephew when I visit in August. Thanks for sharing :)

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  42. This just makes my heart grin!!! Great job everybody! This is such a great way to raise awareness and money for people in great need.

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  43. I love everything about this! What a great way to get involved in a cause more important than what is directly around us. It is amazing that only $1 will supply water for someone for an entire year.

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  44. Way to Be Awesome!! Thanks for giving your time!

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  45. Awesome! I love that you're helping others! Way to go!
    michele b

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  46. This is super! I would LOVE to do this with our youth group at church. Please enter me into your giveaway! What a great way to enjoy time together and help others at the same time! Perfect!

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  47. What a sweet idea - not only are lemonade stands just great fun for kids during summer time, but all the proceeds went to helping other people in need. What an awesome way to spend a beautiful summer day! You kids did great and it looks like you have a lot of fun! If you do another one I'll scour the area to get me some lemonade from you :)

    Kind Regards,
    Nicole

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  48. WOW!! Way to go kiddos!! You are making a difference for all of eternity!! The angels in Heaven are rejoicing too!

    My daughters and I were planning to have a lemonade stand at our yard sale in September, so now you have given me great inspiration to do this for a purpose!! WOOHOO!

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  49. Love it! I would love to have a lemonade stand with my kiddos and their pals for this great cause! Kim :)

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  50. What a great lesson for the kids! You guys all look amazing out there for an awesome cause. I would LOVE to host a lemonade stand too~~

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  51. I love this!!! Just this week in my Nehemiah study Kelly Minter poses the question "what is some missional work you could get your kids involves in?" and then I read this and it is perfect. My boys have known what it's like to raise money for sports teams where all of it benefits them in the end. But what a wonderful way to have them work to raise the money and then give it away!

    We'll be doing this more than once I'm sure!

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  52. Your post gave me goosebumps! What a perfect way for kids to feel empowered and have fun and feel good about doing something for others - all at the same time. Love it!

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  53. What a great idea! I don't even know if it's too late to enter, but I want to do something like this anyway! ~Barb

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  54. Would love to do that with our youth group.

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  55. How fun! This would be a great project for our youth group. /Betty

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  56. Adorable and a great cause. Enter me...

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  57. We would LOVE to win this!I checked out their website and we will do this regardless. We didn't see any places in Canada---hoping to get it going here! Thanks for the chance :)

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  58. way to go- so cool and for a great cause!! tonya from texas

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  59. How fun! It looks like your children are learning a little bit more about the needs of the world around us and having a blast doing it! I've never seen a more lovely lemonade stand - since it was over 100 degrees here Friday, I know I would have stopped or a drink!

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  60. This is so cool Sasha! I love me some Jars of Clay and I love their Blood:Water mission. Darin and I tried giving up all beverages except water for Lent in support of Blood:Water, but just a few days into it we got a newborn in our house and I quickly gave up. Life with little sleep and no caffeine was too much! LOL

    You guys looked so adorable selling lemonade. This summer Daisy has been asking to do a stand, so since our neighborhood is so quiet we took a couple friends and set up a stand at our local Youth For Christ fireworks stand. The girls raised $42 to help send kids to camp and they had a blast doing so.

    If we won this kit we would be back at it for sure...

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  61. I love this! Way to go you guys! Even if I don't win, we'll be doing our own stand & I'll most definitely be showing my kids what you did! Thanks for being a great example!

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  62. This is so cute. I'd love to win. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  63. Great job guys! I operate a daycare in our home and every summer this is something that we do. It is the highlight of the summer! I really think that it is super important to teach kids about how others live. We are far too self centered and this attitude is reflective in this next generation!
    What a great example of how Jesus would have done a Lemonade Stand!!
    I will be ordering a kit, if I don't win!!
    Thanks again for this wonderful idea.
    Kerrie-Lee :)

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  64. Yeah Sasha!! I love all of the photos and shared them with everyone at the Blood:Water Mission office! Please tell the kids we are SO appreciative and can't wait to put their dollars raised to good use for our friends in Africa who need clean water. :)

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  65. Amazing! Great cause and it looks like a great time was had by all:-)

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  66. I love the t-shirts and the signs! It looks like so much fun and for a good cause too! My girls would love this!

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  67. Love the post, love the cause, would love to do this wth my kids! Thanks, Michelle
    huttonmb@aol.com

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  68. What an awesome idea and a great way to show the love of Christ with others! Will definitely have to look into doing this with my daughter and friends!

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  69. "We never know the worth of water til the well is dry..." Thomas Fuller

    What awesome kiddos you have for extending themselves for other's. Love this idea! My kiddos would love to do this!!

    ps. Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog about our pup. I KNEW you would know... things are on the upswing and, in fact, we added a new member to our home. Bittersweet.

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