My wife, Kasey, had the brilliant idea of having our children (Henry, Theodore, and Lucy) host a lemonade stand fundraiser that would support the MCSA Domestic Violence Shelter. She went as far as building a homemade “stand” to be used during the fundraiser. I assisted with the marketing and ensured that folks could also donate online (we accepted Venmo and PayPal payments).
I’m pleased to report that last Friday, July 9, we dropped off $1,800, which was the amount raised during Lemonade for a Cause. This was made possible thanks to the extremely generous members of the Muscatine community (and surrounding areas). Special shout-out to the Unapologetically You group, who donated $400. Thank you!
As parents, our goal is to instill a strong sense of giving back in our children. I can only hope that they will remember the lemonade stand for years to come. It was also refreshing to see so many people stop by during the sale (which took place on Monday, July 5). We’ve all had a really tough last 18-20 months, and if anything, it was just nice seeing people’s faces! My friend, Chris Starman, drove down from Davenport just to support the cause! I had not seen him in person in several years, although we remain connected thanks to social media.
The MCSA Domestic Violence Shelter, as you know by now, is very important to my family and me. Their annual New Beginnings fundraiser had to be canceled the last two years due to COVID, and that has had a significant impact on their budget. As I’ve said before, I wish I could just win the Powerball or Mega Millions and write them a $1-5 million dollar check to ensure their doors can remain open.
While winning the lottery probably won’t happen, we as individuals can make an impact one lemonade stand at a time. We’ve already had people ask if we’ll do it again, and our answer is a resounding yes! I’ve even considered letting my hair grow (along with continuing the beard) to then hold a Bald for a Cause fundraiser. Would you contribute $5-10 to see me with a head shaved bald? I assure you it is not a pretty sight as my head is quite large. That said, I’m willing to do whatever it takes to support the shelter!
My oldest son, Henry, helped the entire time during the lemonade fundraiser. He was there when Judy Yates, who is the director of the MCSA Domestic Violence Shelter, pulled up. As she drove off, I was telling Henry that Judy has dedicated her life to helping others. Henry looked at me and said, “so she’s like a real-life superhero.”
Muscatine is full of superheroes like Judy and those who serve others. Let’s keep supporting their efforts!