By: Trish Adkins
Alex Scott was just 4 years old when she told her parents that she wanted to host a lemonade stand. That initial and extraordinary lemonade stand raised $2,000 and launched a movement to cure childhood cancer. No matter what season it is, all kids can make a difference! While your family is hunkered down this winter, take some time to do a service project together.
Here are four ideas for service projects that families can do this winter:
1. Plan A Lemonade Stand
Any time of year is great for hosting a lemonade stand! You can plan a socially distanced lemonade stand using these tips. Or even plan a virtual lemonade stand and ask friends and family to donate online. Kids can make videos to promote their stand and share with your network! You can also use the winter to begin planning a warm weather lemonade stand during Lemonade Days 2021. Each year, Lemonade Days is a time when supporters all around the world join together to host lemonade stands, just like Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) founder Alex Scott did. Sign up here for date and event announcements, coming soon!
2. Turn Your Gaming Time into Fundraising Time
Are you a family that games together? Turn your esports competition into a streaming event that benefits ALSF and helps kids with cancer! Just pick your favorite video game, register on the ALSF website, accept pledges and donations from family, friends and fans for every win, point or other stat you choose. Learn more here.
3. Share the Story of Alex!
The simple act of reading, watching and sharing ALSF founder Alex Scott's amazing story can have a big impact and raise awareness of the need for more childhood cancer research. You can order a copy of the book Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand, watch and listen to a reading of the book or request a copy for your school!
4. Sell Old Toys and Books
Maybe you’ve gotten on a purge kick for the New Year and have been inspired by Marie Kondo to get rid of all the things that no longer give you joy. Instead of throwing them away, kids can help plan a garage sale or list items on a website like Poshmark or eBay and give the proceeds to ALSF! (Bonus: noting that your sale benefits a great charity can help drive sales.)
Looking for more community service ideas for your kids? Check out these great ideas.