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Previn Court girl hosts lemonade stand in support of animals in need

May 19, 2022   ·   0 Comments

Local children are getting involved in supporting charities in need, and the results are refreshing.

On Saturday, May 7, Paige MacKinnon, 7, served up fresh lemonade in support of the Alliston & District Humane Society (ADHS) during a garage sale hosted by Kara Harris, Addison Percy and Barrett Percy in Alliston.

Combined, a little over $200 was raised during the event.  

This is Paige’s third summer fundraising for the ADHS, and to date she has donated over $1,000 to the local animal shelter. She has also donated consumable supplies.

“Paige will be opening her lemonade stand again soon in different spots throughout the summer,” Paige’s mom, Amanda Forbes, told The Times. “If anyone wants to donate supplies, they can be dropped off and left in the red bin located at 19 Walker Boulevard, in Previn Court, Alliston.”

On why the two events were co-hosted, Kara Harris said, “We thought it would be a great opportunity to reach out to people within the community who would have an interest in giving back to a couple community charities. Hosting a garage sale is always a popular kind of event and who couldn’t use a cold glass of lemonade while shopping!”

A portion of the money from the garage sale was donated to Alliston Random Acts of Kindness.

Kara and Amanda had hoped to help their children host this event in 2021, but “life got in the way” so they moved it to the spring of 2022 once the weather improved.

“It was a fun day!” Paige said of the event. “I love helping the animals by selling lemonade in my stand. I want to open again soon!”

Addison agreed, adding, “Donating to a charity and helping people is a nice thing to do. The garage sale was fun because we got to get rid of some of the things we weren’t using in our house and sell them to other people needed them.”

The lemonade stand itself was donated by Alliston Home and Décor and More.

“​In December of 2019, our family rescued a kitten named Izzy from the shelter,” Paige’s mom said. “When we adopted Izzy, we had taken supplies into the shelter to donate and Paige had asked if we could donate and visit the animals again. When the Lemonade Stand was posted for sale on the Home Decor and More Facebook page, I thought of the idea to run a lemonade stand. When Home Decor and More found out the stand was being used to fundraise for the ADHS, they donated the cost of the stand back to the shelter.”

Currently the ADHS is at full capacity, even utilizing off-site foster homes, to care for dogs, cats, kittens and small animals with no fur-ever homes. They are in ongoing need of supplies – including food, toys, pee pads and cleaning supplies – and cash, as provided by Paige and Addison.

By Wendy Gabrek

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