OSHKOSH, Wis. More than a dozen Oshkosh kids under 10 waved signs and poured lemonades after recognizing the homeless community living in their own neighborhoods.
Kids from Oakwood Elementary School in Oshkosh banded together to raise money for Day by Day Warming Shelter
After 7-year-old Liviana Notinokey watched a documentary on the 'Day by Day Warming Shelter' in Oshkosh she immediately wanted to help. With the help of her friends, they came up with the idea of a lemonade stand and bake sale while on the back of a school bus.
"They planned most of it on the bus and on the playground and came back to us parents and told us what they were going to be doing and that was how our fundraiser came together,” said Stephanie Heinritz, Livivana’s mom.
This year marks the second year for the lemonade stand, but community support continues to grow just through word of mouth and social media. Last year the goal of the lemonade stand was $70, but at the end of the day the lemonade stand raised $507.
After seeing a post on Facebook, Anita Bluhm was all in.
"I was on Facebook a lot, I heard she posted that Livi's going to do a lemonade stand raising money for the Day by Day Shelter here in town for the homeless, and I wanted to come and support it," said Bluhm.
Sunday’s lemonade stand doubled what the group raised last year, with a final total of $1,132. Heinritz says even though the lemonade stand is a fun time, these youngsters are learning an important lesson.
"I think if you start young you start learning that lesson and you just continue and they learn. They get more from it I think than the people giving, once you start learning kindness and helping others, I think it's a great opportunity for them," said Bluhm.
"I think that in this day and age anybody can fall on hard times in the blink of an eye and it's important for someone to learn, especially when they're young like this that that can be anybody, and everybody can make a difference, even if it's dropping a quarter in the donation jar or putting together a bake sale,” Heinritz says.