My son is succeptable to two things: pretty girls and the chance at fun with friends. I’d like to say good causes were on that list, but let’s be serious.
So last week in Sunday School, when Mary Lewis Dassinger, quite the lovely lady, came to talk to his class about malaria, he was captivated…by her. So good choice for a speaker.
A little bit of context: The United Methodist Church has joined with organizations around the world, including the Global Fund, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization and the United Nations Foundation to fight malaria. The eradication of malaria is within sight, potentially within a decade.
Think about that for a second. A disease that kills a person every minute could be eradicated from the planet. I imagine this is how people before us felt when they realized they could cure small pox or polio. It truly boggles the mind.
All the pieces are in place. What they need now is money. Seriously, that’s it. If you can imagine, a global epidemic that kills millions of people, can be solved by writing a check. Technically, lots of checks, but still. Amazing.
You can read all about it at Imagine No Malaria. Talk being the hands and feet of God! Healing the sick is about as close as you can get to that!
Obviously, the adults in our church are being asked for donations, but the kids are also getting in on the action. They discussed ways they could help. How could they donate money? Lots of ideas were thrown out. Then someone said, “Lemonade Stand!”
One of Jackson’s buddies lit.up. He has been wanting to have a lemonade stand for months. But they live at the end of a cul-de-sac and it really makes no sense. No one is going to come to his stand. But we don’t. We live on a corner with great traffic.
Our neighbor got pulled in, and the next thing we knew we had a plan for three little Methodist boys to have lemonade stand on our street. They will donate all the proceeds to Imagine No Malaria.
I predict a fair amount of horsing around and lots of shenanigans. But I’m also hoping for some sales, so these guys can take a bucket of money to church to give to the cause. They’re still to young to quite understand one of the parents depositing the cash and writing a check. They need to take their quarters and dollar bills in a ziplock bag to donate.
I’m probably as excited as they are. My friend Christen Byrd very generously loaned us her adorable lemonade stand.
So here’s the details:
If you’re in Little Rock, swing by the corner of H and McAdoo tomorrow (Tuesday, August 6) over your lunch break between 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Get yourself a nice refreshing cup of lemonade from some of the cutest 6- and 7-year-old boys you have ever seen. Help a good cause.
If you’re not in Little Rock or cannot make it by during that time, but want to contribute to the lemonade stand, click on the PayPal link below to donate. I’ll scrape the donations and add to their bucket.
If you want to give directly to charity, which I completely get, you can donate to Imagine No Malaria online.
I promise updates with photos of adorable kids selling lemonade. How could I resist posting such things?