NORTH CANTON, Ohio — A 5-year-old girl with a heart of gold spent her Fourth of July at a lemonade stand in front of her family's North Canton home with one goal in mind: to raise at least $2,000 for an organization benefiting veterans. After hours of mixing and pouring lemonade into cups, 5-year-old Cassidy surpassed her goal.
After selling lemonade to thirsty customers for 12 hours, Cassidy exceeded her goal and raised $3,660. Her mother, Susanne, said the money raised included all online donations and donations given to her daughter over the last several months.
Approximately $3,200 was generated from sales on the Fourth of July alone.
All the money raised will go directly to Gary Sinise Foundation, which supports veterans, first responders and their families through programs such as providing adaptive homes for wounded vets.
The cause is near and dear to the family's heart. Her dad, Jon Cecil, served in the Marine Corps and the National Guard.
“It’s something near and dear to us just to be able to give back to a community that routinely, selflessly gives so much,” he told the Canton Repository. ”(Cassidy) is all-in on that.”
Cassidy and her family are in the talks of doing another lemonade stand at a local restaurant in the near future.