Jen was looking for a way to start teaching her kids, Ewan and Lorelai, about the importance of giving back to one’s local community.

“It’s important to me to teach my children about giving back and to start doing that with them at a young age for a cause that supports children who could potentially be their peers. I think there’s an important message in that,” said Jen, Ewan and Lorelai’s mom. “With so many kids in need of support right here in our own community and across the country, Stand Up for Kids is the cause we chose as the focus of our support.”

Because they’re still quite young, ages 5 and 3 respectively, she was looking to do this in a way that was engaging and approachable for them. Together, they brainstormed about something they could make and sell, and then donate the funds they raised to a Canadian charity that’s doing something to improve the lives of kids. The kids are huge fans of lemonade, and they love making it from scratch with their mom, so that became the basis of the idea behind their fundraising endeavour.

Ewan and Lorelai helped neighbours stay cool in the summer heat by selling lemonade on their street at the end of the workday. They made the lemonade themselves (with a little help from mom) and hosted three separate lemonade stands – one a week for three weeks.

In total, they raised $148.30!

Thank you, Ewan and Lorelai for standing up for kids!

You can host an event in your school, workplace, or community and be an ally for children and youth in and from child welfare, and we would love to help!

Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada was able to support Ewan and Lorelai’s event by providing them with information about the cause, as well with resources to hand out to those supporting or attending the event.

Are you feeling inspired to join the Stand Up for Kids movement? Click on the link below to find our fundraising toolkit and other resources to help you get started.

We love hearing about Stand Up for Kids Allies making a difference in their communities and supporting children and youth in and from child welfare! Contact us to share your or your group’s story.

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The Children's Aid Foundation of Canada funds programs to help Canada's most vulnerable children and youth, those who have experienced or are at risk of abuse and neglect, overcome the obstacles in life that prevent them from reaching their full potential. We are committed to giving ongoing support to those who need it most.

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