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Children use lemonade stand to raise money for food pantry

'She just knocked my socks off.'
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Posted at 4:01 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 18:41:36-04

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. -- In Colonial Heights, three young entrepreneurs have made quite an impact at the Colonial Heights Food Pantry.

"We raised $184.13," 8-year-old Hadleigh Fontaine told Warren Hammonds, the Executive Director of the Colonial Heights Food Pantry.

The trio did it one cup at a time.

"By selling lemonade," said Hadleigh.

It all started about a month ago when Hadleigh was trying to do something to help out the food pantry.

"I had the idea for a lemonade stand and then I told Tessa, and she thought it was a really good idea," Hadleigh recalled.

Nine-year-old Tessa Powell lives next door and along with 5-year-old Chandler Fontaine, the three set up shop complete with sign to alert drivers.

"Lemonade Stand, 50 cents, all proceeds go to Colonial Heights Food Pantry," said Hadleigh.

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Reaction was swift.

The trio set up on two different occasions, with one goal.

"My goal was to raise a lot of money for the food pantry, because we knew they were running out. So, I wanted to get a lot of money so they could buy a lot of food for the people that don't have food,” said Hadleigh.

Those at the Food Pantry were quite impressed with the effort, according to Hammonds.

"She just knocked my socks off, not just with the amount she did but just with the passion she did it with and the passion she described doing it,” he added.

Hammonds told Hadleigh that by buying through FeedMore her donation was much bigger than she thought.

"Her $134 roughly dollars is actually 4600 pounds of that produce,” said Hammonds.

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