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LemonAID for Tornado Recovery

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The May tornadoes were devastating to our area and the long, slow recovery continues. This project provides a simple way for all of us to get involved and help our neighbors in need. By hosting a lemonade stand as a family or group, we can help raise funds for those families affected by the disasters in May.

The LemonAID for Tornado Recovery event occurs July 26-28, when children, families and groups are encouraged to host a "LemonAID" stand with all proceeds being donated to Feed The Children’s Oklahoma Tornado Disaster Relief Fund. This fund will provide food, rebuilding supplies, school supplies and backpacks for the children and families affected by the May tornadoes.

Getting involved is easy!

  • Register your stand (either as an individal family or group) using the form below by Thursday, July 25 at noon.
  • You'll need to print the two PDF documents that we will email after you register. One will be a flyer for you to print and display at your lemonade stand, insuring others know you are "official," and a donor form that you will also print and take with you when you donate your proceeds.
  • Host your stand between July 26-28, 2013.
  • Bring all funds raised to any metro-area Buy For Less location or Uptown Grocery (1230 W Covell Rd, Edmond) from July 29—August 2, 2013.

Join us for our LemonAID Event!

Join us on Saturday, July 27 from noon-5pm at metro area Buy For Less locations and Uptown Grocery in Edmond. You can purchase lemonade for $1 (or more) to help support our fundraising efforts!


  • The family that raises the most money will win a family getaway to Grapevine, Texas that includes:
    • One night stay at the Great Wolf Lodge
    • $75 breakfast gift card to the Great Wolf Lodge
    • Tickets for 4 to LEGOLAND(R) Discovery Center, SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium and the Grapevine Vintage Railroad
    • $50 gift card to Palio's Pizza Grapevine
    • For more information about Grapevine, visit www.grapevinetexasusa.com.
  • The group that raises the most money will receive four tickets to Science Museum Oklahoma (for up to 20 group members). For more information, visit www.sciencemuseum.org.

The total amount of funds raised and winners will be announced on August 15, 2013.

Tips for Putting Together Your LemonAID stand:

  • Before beginning, sit down with your children and have them help you plan the stand. This can be a great way to introduce the idea of leadership, organizing an event, making lists and delegating—all depending on the age of your children.
  • Determine the best time and date to host the stand.  When would you be most likely to get the best traffic? What is the safest place your can have your site?
  • Will the stand be held at your home? At the corner near your home? What would be the safest place? You may be able to have your stand at a place of business, either your own workplace or by getting permission from the business' owner or manager.
  • Next, make a list of the activities needed to get your lemonaid stand up and running. What needs to happen first? Who will be responsible for each step?
  • Determine what items will be needed for your stand. Who will be responsible for gathering them? (Things to think about are a table, chairs, tablecloth, pitcher with lid, lemonade mix or ingredients for lemonade, ice chest and ice, cups, signs, the flyer as printed from the email from MetroFamily after you registered, posters, streamers, etc.)
  • How will you make your lemonade?  Find an easy recipe here or a fun recipe here.
  • Decide how much will you charge for your lemonade and what size of cups are needed.
  • Develop a process for the handling of cash. Who will be in charge? Do you have a cash box or an envelope to organize the money? Who will be providing the initial cash for the stand? Be sure to write down how much cash you begin with so you can properly reimburse that person. 
  • What will you do to increase the success of your stand?  How will you communicate that you are raising funds for tornado victims—flyers, posters, etc?  Parents might consider promoting the stand to their friends, family members and colleagues to encourage traffic and/or donations. You can also post updates on social media and invite friends to come by. Your social media will likely get a lot of attention if you upload a photo of the stand!
  • Please don't forget sunscreen and sun protection if you're going to be hosting your lemonade stand during the daytime hours.
  • Be sure to stress that SAFETY is the most important thing when planning and operating your stand. Set ground rules and assign an older teen or adult to be the safety monitor, enforcing the rules such as "No one goes beyond the mailbox." Children should always be supervised while operating the stand and should never be allowed to run towards cars or do anything to try to entice people or cars to stop. 
  • If needed, contact MetroFamily Magazine at info@metrofamilymagazine.com or by calling 405-601-2081 or 405-818-5025. 

Our sincere appreciation to our sponsors!

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