The SmileTrain has found a new group of fans in Brownie Troop 223. These girls became brownies last year and as their first fundraiser they have chosen to support the SmileTrain (www.smiletrain.org). With the combination of big hearts, lots of helpers, a sunny day and a great corner, the troop will have a lemonade stand Friday, August 7 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, August 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All money raised will go to SmileTrain.
The Smile Train helps children with a cleft palette through surgery. Unlike many charities that do many different things, The Smile Train is focused on solving a single problem: cleft lip and palate. Clefts are a major problem in developing countries where there are millions of children who are suffering with unrepaired clefts. Most cannot eat or speak properly. Aren’t allowed to attend school or hold a job. And face very difficult lives filled with shame and isolation, pain and heartache.
This brownie troop is taking advantage of a great lemonade stand corner in the Royal Woodlands neighborhood in Beaverton, Oregon to sell as much lemonade and goodies as they can. This is the girls’ first fundraising event. Brownie, Savannah Finch says, “Our corner is perfect. Two weeks ago I sold lemonade to help another charity. All the neighbors wanted to help. It was so cool! This time we’ll give all the money to help these kids.”
The lemonade stand will be at the residential corner of Elm Avenue and Chestnut Lane near Scholls Ferry and Allen – across from Burgerville. Lemonade will be $1 and treats will be 2 for $1. The girls have a goal to raise enough money for at least one smile. A smile costs $150. Troop leaders, Kitty Foote and Susan Finch think they can earn enough for three smiles. “I know that once the word gets out we can break lemonade stand records for Oregon and make a huge difference in the lives of these children.” Says Susan Finch.
Date: Friday, August 7, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. and
Saturday, August 8, 9 am – 4 pm
Location: 6490 SW Elm Avenue, Beaverton, Oregon