Lemonade stands, once a summertime staple, have gone the way of Pet Rocks and 8-tracks, but one local boy is bringing them back for a good cause.
Seven-year-old Logan Henry, the son of Russell and Stephanie Russell, has opened one of the venerable stands in front of his parents' home on Carleton Street to help raise money for the Isaiah 58 food bank. His first effort earlier this month raised more than $50 and he'll be back hawking lemonade this Saturday.
According to his mother, Stephanie, helping others is simply in Logan's nature.
“He understands it's good to give to people who might not have enough of the things they need,” she said. “He always wants to be helpful. That's just how he is.”
Stephanie said Logan began searching for a way to help the less fortunate earlier this summer, at one point even clearing out his room to donate some of his toys to children in the community.
Finally, his parents took him to meet Sandy Stewart, director of the local United Way, who took Logan on a tour of the agencies helped by the charity organization. Soon afterward, Logan warmed to the idea of raising money to help Isaiah 58.
“One day, he came home and said he wanted to start a lemonade stand to help out hungry kids,” his mother said.
Logan opened his stand for two hours earlier this month and, thanks to generous neighbors, raised $54.50 for the food bank.
He'll be expanding his efforts this Saturday — his mother said Logan's stand will be open in front of their home on 2606 Carleton from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.