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Homeless Children Raise Money for Special Olympics

by ARLnow.com August 21, 2012 at 3:15 pm 5,136 24 Comments

Homeless children from a shelter in Arlington will be donating more than $500 to the Special Olympics this afternoon.

The children live in Sullivan House, a shelter for homeless families in Clarendon run by the Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless. Together with parents, volunteers, and AACH staff, thirteen children between the ages of five and 13 ran a lemonade stand outside the shelter throughout the summer. They raised just over $1,000, according to AACH Lauren Marigot Barth.

“They learned about customer service, managing money, and marketing,” Barth said. “They also did a really good job!”

The children voted to donate half of the money raised to the Special Olympics. A representative from the organization — which organizes athletic competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities — will be on hand at Sullivan House this afternoon to officially receive the donation.

The rest of the money will help to fund a trip to Busch Gardens.

Photos courtesy Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless

  • JimPB

    Those who have little give generously.

    “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” — Jesus

    • Elmer

      Yes, and that also brings to mind the recent survey indicating the poorer red states give more generously to charity than the wealthier blue states.

      • Stats

        Utah was first DC was number 2

        • Brian

          …and if you take out giving money to your church, then it’s the blue states who give more.

          • tammy fay bakker

            don’t you dare take away my money…satan!

          • Janet

            Really? I’d love to see your data. I work in this arena and beg to differ.

          • Amanda

            Exact same survey as the original quote.

  • Elmer

    Good cause and good kids. I trust either they did not encounter the red tape/regulatory prohibitions other kids with lemonade stands have from local bureaucracies in this nation, i.e., sign ordinances advertising their lemonade stand, health dept. permits, zoning and business/soliciting licensing, or perhaps they were able to satisfactorily address those concerns?

    • County Inspector

      Thanks for bringing these scofflaws to our attention…..we will be all over them like “ugly on an ape” !!!

  • JimboJones

    Good job for everyone involved. I stopped by several times on my way home from work this summer and could tell the kids were having a great time with this.

  • John Fontain

    What cute kids and what a fantastic job they did. They should be proud of their hard work. They deserve the trip to Busch Gardens!!

  • South Awwlington

    Kids who have little or nothing giving their proceeds to Special Olympics…a class act.

    We ought to do something to make their trip to Busch Gardens more memorable.


  • SomeGuy

    Kudos to these kids. Because any comment short of gushing praise on this story seems to get removed. So kudos!

  • Electricbill

    I think this a wonderful story! I hope those kids have a great time at Busch Gardens!

  • linda

    This is such a great news story – they should be so proud of themselves! Sorry I was never in the area to buy some of their lemonade.

  • JimPB

    Wonderful comments of recognition, and virtually no cynical comments.

    • SomeGuy

      Comments that even bordered on possibly being somehow misconstrued as cynical were removed by mods. That’s why.

  • great story here!

  • I agree – great to see these kids learning so many skills and lessons, and giving their talents and money to help others. Wonderful life lessons.

    I also hope they have a fantastic trip and I’m sorry I never walked past their lemonade stand.

    • AL

      I drove past it once, and had no idea what it was. I don’t like lemonade so much, but i would’ve gladly donated cash if I knew it was for something like this!

  • Tommy

    Janet, there are multiple studies supporting what Brian said. Here is an excerpt from a writeup on one recent one:

    “Take away churches as charities, however, and red states no longer dominate the world of donations. Instead, New England – a region that leans Democratic, with far fewer religiously affiliated Americans but with more affluent residents – catapults toward the top.”

    Read more: http://moneyland.time.com/2012/08/21/how-religious-affiliation-affects-charitable-giving/#ixzz24IFqMvKs

    And, great job, kids at the shelter!

  • Tommy

    I’ve tried twice to post a reply to Janet with the data she wants, but for some reason the posts don’t appear.

  • MM

    I emailed Busch Gardens with a link to the article but they replied with some kind of run of the mill ‘Send us a letter and we’ll get back to you’ process. I did however find the Busch Garden’s Company Directory with a list of individuals, their positions, and e-mail addresses. Not sure who to send the request to though…

    Here’s the link if anyone has more insight than I: http://www.jigsaw.com/id52223/1/busch_gardens_company_directory.xhtml

  • AL

    Is there any way to donate to the kids’ Busch Gardens trip? Is it too late?


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