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CHILDREN USE THEIR GIFTS OF COMPASSION, CREATIVITY AND TIME
Children's Lemonade Stand Earns $700 for Lutheran Disaster Response
When 8-year-old Lauren Wanders and her 6-year-old sister Katie Wanders, LaCrosse, Wis., set-up their lemonade stand Aug. 30 at a local grocery store, they expected to raise about $200 in free-will donations to support neighbors affected by storms and floods that struck southern Wisconsin earlier in the month. "But we raised a lot more," said Lauren. Lauren and Katie's lemonade stand brought in more than $700. "So many people wanted to help," said Lauren, who said she felt "pretty good" about the outcome. Katie said she was surprised that "we could make a lot of money."
"We don't live far from the areas that (sustained) severe flooding, so my husband and Lauren went to visit those areas. After seeing the damage to homes and communities, Lauren said she felt the need to respond, to help people whose homes were flooded out," said Michelle Wanders, Lauren and Katie's mother. The family decided to give the money earned at the lemonade stand to Lutheran Disaster Response, after learning about the ministry during a sermon at English Lutheran Church, La Crosse, said Michelle.
English Lutheran is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Lutheran Disaster Response is a collaborative ministry of the ELCA and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
This was a great opportunity, a meaningful way to express the importance of helping others, said Michelle. "It's the right thing to do, to help people who need help," said Lauren.
story from the ELCA NEWS SERVICE October 1, 2007

10/29/2007