by Trish Adkins
Around the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation office, hosting lemonade stands is our speciality. It started with Alex’s first DIY front yard lemonade stand and has now grown to include tens of thousands of lemonade stands hosted by families, kids, businesses and community groups all around the world!
We've seen DIY lemonade stands that are simple (a table and some lemonade), over the top (featuring the World's Largest Cup of Lemonade) and everything in between! No matter how you make your stand, you can make a difference when you host a lemonade stand that benefits ALSF's mission of finding cures for childhood cancer.
Here are 5 sweet reasons to host a DIY Lemonade Stand this spring and summer:
1. Hosting a lemonade stand is a teachable moment for your kids.
Kids learn so much when they host a lemonade stand. Setting up a stand offers them exposure to event planning and marketing. Making lemonade can be a math lesson and a culinary lesson rolled in one--especially if you bake hommade goodies to go with your lemonade. And, kids will understand the importance of helping others and giving back.
2. You can put all your DIY skills to use.
Hosting a lemonade stand is the perfect outlet for all your creative and DIY energy! Keep it simple with a table and the materials in the ALSF Lemonade Stand kit or get out the power tools and build a custom stand using our lemonade stand blueprints.
3. You can limit screen time with this outdoor activity.
Long summer days can be tough when you battle with your kids endlessly to keep them off their electronic devices. Hosting a front yard lemonade stand is a fun way to reduce screen time for your children. Bonus: Everyone can get to know their neighbors by spending time outside and enjoying the fresh air.
4. Your kids and their friends can unite towards a common goal.
Lemonade stands are more fun when you host them with friends! Invite your children’s besties over and work together towards one common goal: helping cure pediatric cancer, one cup at a time.
5. It is an effective, fun way to make a huge impact for kids with cancer.
Did you know that $50 can fund one hour of research? The average Alex's Lemonade Stand can bring in $400--that's six hours of research toward a cure for childhood cancer from one stand! Alexwas just 4 years old when she hosted her first front yard lemonade stand, kicking off a legacy of hope and the belief that everyone can make a difference. Your DIY lemonade stand, no matter how big or small, helps make a huge impact for kids battling cancer!
Ready to host your own Alex’s Lemonade Stand? Lemonade Days is the perfect time! During Lemonade Days, supporters across the country turn these summer staples into impactful fundraisers for kids fighting cancer. Join in the fun by hosting a lemonade stand or event with family, friends, co-workers and classmates. Make your stand and raise money for children everywhere waiting for better treatments and cures.