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Aug 09

Lemonade Stand Makes National News, Empowers Kids and Gives Back To Dallas Police

Empowered and Supporting Dallas Police

Empowered and Supporting Dallas Police

It started out as a small idea. That proverbial tiny mustard seed. The result was ASTOUNDING!! How did lemonade and popcorn bring together a community, change lives, make NATIONAL NEWS and raise THOUSANDS of dollars for the families of the fallen Dallas Police Officers? You WON’T believe how a small idea empowers an entire community – and mostly our First Responders. You won’t believe what happened next!

It began as a little neighborhood lemonade stand. What it morphed into changed lives forever.  I first discussed this idea with my 3 boys after the Dallas Police shootings and wrote about How To Talk To Your Kids About Violence.

My kids were scared, wanted to help and wanted to make a difference. It’s one the tips on how to empower your kids and make a difference. As an Empowered Mom – I wanted to help my boys find a way to do something positive out of this terrible tragedy.

If You Have Lemons: Empower Your City

If You Have Lemons: Empower Your City

So, that’s what we did. Plans commenced by the boys. Lemonade stand in our neighborhood. Then they asked, “Can we have a police officer stop by?” So I contacted The McKinney Police Department. Of course! And then it was the McKinney Fire Department, Collin County Sheriff’s Department, ,EMS, the McKinney Mounted PatrolMcKinney Police Association, McKinney Citizens on Patrol, The Salvation Army and MORE all wanting to take part.

It didn’t stop there. Everyone WANTED to help. Looking to EMPOWER our kids, our community, our heroes: our First Responders.

 

 

One bag of popcorn, one cup of lemonade at a time.

Kernels of Change: How a Lemonade Stand Empowers a City

Popping and Empowering Kids, Empowering A City

Everyone wanting to make a difference. Kernels of change.

Kernels of Change Empower A Community

Kernels of Change Empower A Community

But more than anything – the entire community and every branch of McKinney’s First Responders showed up, showed support and showed how we can all make a difference.  As did so many businesses: Market Street stepped up and donated supplies, location, ice, popcorn, lemonade. As did other businesses: Christy Brott State Farm, Fast Signs in McKinney, along with numerous neighbors, friends and citizens.

So the word got out and went VIRAL – and the result: McKinney gave themselves, their time, their heart, and their donations.

A Community United: McKinney Supports Dallas Police Officers

A Community United: McKinney Supports Dallas Police Officers

It didn’t take long – but the results are long-lasting. The community turned out IN FORCE! UNITED to support, UNITED to help out.

McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller Shows His Support

McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller Shows His Support

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Kids CAN Make A Difference! EMPOWERED!

DOZENS of Kids worked making signs, taking donations, giving their time and absolutely helping out in any way they could.  They were making a difference. They mattered. They were EMPOWERED.

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Empowered Moms And Kids

Empowered Kids Support Dallas Police

Empowered Kids Support Dallas Police

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McKinney Police Embracing Kids

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McKinney EMS Heal A Community, Protect The Next Generation

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Awarding Kids With Their Own Badge: A Badge Of Empowerment and Unity

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McKinney Supports Dallas: Donating For #DallasStrong

 

 

 

 

 

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It Takes An Empowered Village!

Market Street in McKinney stepped up and donated supplies, location, ice, popcorn, lemonade. As did other businesses: Christy Brott State Farm, Fast Signs in McKinney, along with numerous neighbors, friends and citizens. THIS WAS A COMMUNITY-WIDE EFFORT. EVERYONE worked hard, donated supplies, time, hours, dedication and commitment. Everyone made this happen – and made a HUGE difference. 

The COMMUNITY turned out in DROVES.

KIDS worked to make a difference. Neighbors, friends, the entire city wrapped their arms around #DallasStrong.

The ASTOUNDING result?

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Lemonade and Popcorn Empower Kids, A Community And Support Dallas Police

Almost $7,000.00! 

And on behalf of everyone – we were honored to present the check to the Chairman of the Dallas Assist The Officer Foundation.

 Officer Frederick Frazier took time out of his busy schedule to accept the donation.

All proceeds going directly to the families of the Fallen Officers from the tragedy on July 7, 2016.

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Media Covers The Empowered Mom presenting the donation to the Dallas Assist The Officer Foundation

Empowered and Media Grabs Top Story

Empowered Top Story & Media Getting The Scoop

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Chairman of the Dallas Assist The Officer Foundation, Officer Frederick Frazier, Accepts On Behalf Of Fallen Officers’ Families

The impact was huge and in fact, made national news!

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While I may have had the voice (yes, everyone always says I’m a loud-mouth), but this was a community effort, everyone worked hard, they showed up, they showed their support and most of all – ALL of McKinney showed its HEART. 

So YOU see, you can make a difference, you can EMPOWER yourself, your community, your KIDS, and all our First Responders. YOU matter. These kids now know they CAN have an impact, they CAN empower themselves and their world. And they can show just how much we love and appreciate those that put their lives on the line everyday to protect us.

And to ALL our First Responders:

WE SALUTE YOU.

WE THANK YOU.

WE SUPPORT YOU.

 

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