On a hot day this summer in Loudonville, New York, community members were invited to quench their thirst with a big cup of ice cold lemonade--while simultaneously raising money for the Red Cross Services to Armed Forces (SAF) program.
Isaac and Ezra Knox, 7 and 5, turned a summertime tradition into a great SAF fundraiser. The boys raised $170 total: $85 from their lemonade stand, and another $85 in matching donations from their parents, Julie Massry-Knox and James Knox.
Apparently, the Knox kids weren’t the only ones turning lemons into lemonade for the Red Cross this summer. A couple thousand miles away in Boise, Idaho, Jayanth and Karthik Mouli, 11 and 16, served up the refreshing summer treat on a busy corner of a nearby park, raising money for the Greater Red Cross of Idaho. The Mouli brothers also created an elaborate display detailing the work of Red Cross in Idaho, so sippers could read about the projects their lemonade dollars would be helping to fund.
Back in New York, the Knox boys hung a colorful sign on their stand that read “Help the Red Cross Help Our Heroes.” Even before the lemonade stand idea took shape, the Knox family had developed a passion for supporting military heroes through the Red Cross SAF program. So once the young philanthropists decided to raise money for a worthy cause, SAF seemed like a natural choice for their lemonade stand proceeds.
“We’re very proud of the kids,” said Mr. Knox. “Julie and I do our best to teach the boys about the importance of serving the community and saw this as a great opportunity to strengthen their sense of serving others. We chose the American Red Cross SAF because of the great work they do for veterans and active duty military members.”
The American Red Cross SAF supports members of the military, their families, and veterans in a number of important ways. For example, SAF helps link military families during emergencies, connects families with local community resources, provides outlets to help cope with the stresses of military life, and supports local veterans’ groups and hospitals.
For more information, or to get involved with Red Cross SAF programs, contact Dianna Rios, SAF Manager at (518) 694-5160 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.