Alex and Caroline Fischer may be small, but they have huge hearts. The sisters have been holding lemonade stands in their community for the past three years to raise money to buy Thanksgiving Day Food Boxes for the Charlotte Rescue Mission. The boxes include all of the fixings for a Thanksgiving feast and are given to families in need during the holidays.
Last year, Alex, 9, and Caroline, 6, raised over $2,000 and were able to provide CRM with 130 Thanksgiving Food Boxes and 50 turkeys. This year, their goal is to provide 50 boxes and 50 turkeys so that each box will contain the full meal for families in need.
“We started this as a service project in 2017 for the family to do in the holidays,” the girls’ mom, Lisa Fischer, told CNN. “When I initially suggested we donated one box of food, Alex said that wasn’t enough and that we should do 10 boxes.”
When Fischer let the girls know that they couldn�t afford to buy 10 meals themselves, they started brainstorming how to raise the money. Then, they got to work. The girls made almost $1,000 from their lemonade/baked goods stand and they started a GoFundMe campaign to collect donations from family and friends.
They�ve already blown this year�s goal out of the water to provide 50 families with a complete Thanksgiving dinner. Lisa posted an update on the fundraising page to thank everyone that has contributed to the project.
�We want to give a huge, heartfelt thank you to everyone who has helped Alex and Caroline meet and absolutely crush their goal of feeding 50 families in need this Thanksgiving,� she wrote. �Their hard work from their lemonade stands and bake sales has earned them $1,142 which puts them just shy of $5,000 with your generous donations! They will be able to provide Charlotte Rescue Mission with meals for 200 local families this Thanksgiving!�
While Alex and Caroline do their part to raise the funds, putting such a large-scale donation together requires careful planning and organization. Once they get the money together, they go as a family to their local grocery store to buy all the food for the boxes. Then, they pack the supplies in boxes and take them to the CRM headquarters during their annual Thanksgiving food drive. This year they�re hoping to recruit a few volunteers from their community to help with packing and delivering boxes.
As for the family�s annual fundraising tradition, the 6 and 9-year-old have no plans of stopping or slowing down anytime soon.
“The girls are always excited when they see their friends, teachers and neighbors show up to their lemonade stand, but they are too young to understand how much attention they’re actually getting,” Lisa said. “They just know this means a lot of people will be able to have Thanksgiving dinner.�
You can contribute to the girls� GoFundMe campaign by clicking here, or consider creating your own food drive to help people in your own community. Wednesday November 13 is World Kindness Day. Why not look for ways to be of service, and #StartSomethingGood on that day – or any day?
(Source: images GoFundMe)