In the wake of the ambush attack on Dallas police officers that left five officers dead and dozens injured, it’s nice to see a community come together to help those families that were affected. [Scroll Down for Video]
Lauren Roach, 12, and Landry Nelon, 11, used their lemonade stand to raise $10,000 in two days for the families of the five police officers killed by a sniper in Dallas on July 7.
“At first it was just a lemonade stand and then what happened to the police in downtown Dallas made me realize that families out there were in need of money,” Landry said.
On July 11, the girls presented a $10,000 check to the five families at the Dallas Police Association building. “At first we thought we would get about $100, but after we got to about $5,000, we realized we could really get this really high up,” Lauren said.
The girls sold cookies and brownies and an astonishing amount of lemonade, 20 gallons of lemonade to wash down all of the goodies they sold. People in the community would wave and cheer to the girls when they passed their colorful signs. The families, the community, and the girls themselves are still in awe of their accomplishment.
Tracey Roach, Lauren’s mom, said, “some people didn’t even buy the girls’ sweet treats and just gave donations as soon as they realized why the girls were raising money.” Lauren and Landry’s church also matched part of the earnings. Southwest Airlines also donated a check for $75,000, while Houston police donated $20,000.
“It feels good to know we are making a difference in people’s lives,” Lauren said. “That makes us feel great!”
“It’s unbelievably moving,” said DPA First Vice President Fred Frazier. “You know, you break down at night, when you start thinking about everything when everybody’s gone. But when you go back to work, you’re so busy, your mind just has to go back to work. We’ll heal, its just going to take some time.”