A 6-year-old boy named Austin helped raise over $13,000 for migrant families by starting a lemonade stand.
“So, we talked about kids being separated [from] their families and when I asked them ways that they thought we could get involved, Austin came up with the idea of hosting a lemonade stand fundraiser,” explained his mother Shannon.
Austin, along with his 3-year-old sister Reese, started a lemonade stand in their front yard. They decided to raise money for RAICES, a nonprofit that provides free and low-cost legal services to undocumented families — and ended up raising $1,100. An additional $12,000 was raised by an online fundraiser.
“My understanding is the money will be put to use providing legal services for immigrant youth, as well as by put into a bail bond fund where they’re either trying to get folks out of detention centers and with sponsors and family members. And I also understood that they’re using the money to fund commissary accounts for folks in detention centers, so they can make phone calls and try to connect to family members.”” explained Shannon. “It falls in line with what we’re trying to teach our children — that as white people with a lot of different societal privileges, we want to use that privilege for good when we’re able.”