North Texas kids offer sweet ending to tough week



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Posted on April 20, 2013 at 11:30 PM

DALLAS — In a week in which we have endured the worst of those proverbial lemons, a group of local kids and their adult supervisors Saturday made lemonade.

"It's been such a crazy week, and so many kids want to do something and want to have a voice, but they just don't know how," said Melissa Plaskoff, founder of Lemons to Aid. "We're just teaching kids about the power of helping others through simple but memorable experiences".

It can be something as simple as running a lemonade stand to raise money for those still suffering from the Boston Marathon bombings and the explosion in the town of West, Texas.

"It's important to me, because if anything like this happened in Dallas, I would want people to help us," said Lemons to Aid participant Sally Levine.

They set up shop outside Luke’s Locker on Mockingbird Lane in Dallas — a running hub that trained and sent quite a few local marathoners to the race in Boston. They all came home safe.

And what better way to celebrate that than to come together to help those who didn’t?

"Great things have happened around us," said Luke's Locker manager Duncan Cragg. "A lot of the community is coming out and treating us like a clubhouse, and it's unusual for a retail to feel like a clubhouse. I think this lemonade stand and the clubhouse makes sense."

It made quite a few bucks, too. In the space of just two hours, beverage sales raised $700.

That's a drop in the bucket of what will actually be needed, but you can’t put a value on how important bright yellow fruit, smiling faces, and fresh-squeezed good will helps us all after start to see the cup as half full again after such a difficult week.