On March 13, Lisa Woodruff of Harding watched in horror as the house of her nextdoor neighbors, the Gunshore family, was destroyed in a fire.
Thankfully, according to Lisa, there were no casualties as everyone made it out safely.
Now, three months later, Lisa wondered what can be done to help her neighbors? In came her daughter Dallas Woodruff and Dallas’s friend Jenna Alder.
Dallas, 9, is a third grade student at Sara J. Dymond Elementary and Jenna, 8, is a second grade student at the same school. They will have a lemonade stand at the Exeter Township Municipal building from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 21 to help raise money for Dallas’s neighbors.
According to Cindy Alder, Jenna’s mom, the municipal building was very helpful to the girls.
“The municipal building was very cooperative,” said Cindy. “We called (Exeter Township Supervisor) John Coolbaugh and he talked to the other supervisors and said it was okay. One section of the building is set off for parking and that’s where the girls will be set up so there will be room for people to pull up and buy lemonade.”
A lemonade stand is nothing new for Dallas, saying that’s she has had a few of her own in the past just to earn some change for herself. This time around is different having a partner in Jenna and a different cause.
“We thought it would be a really good way to do it because a lot of people like lemonade,” she said.
The girls got started thanks to the West Pittston Fidelity Bank lemonade program through which the bank gave the girls a starter kit. It came with signs, lemonade mix and cookie mix.
The moms are helping by advertising the lemonade stand on Facebook and and putting fliers in mailboxes and hanging them around town.
“I just wanted to help and she’s my friend,” said Jenna, who lives in the same neighborhood.
“We live a bit further down the road,” said Cindy Alder. “We walked everyday past their house where it was. There’s not a whole lot to say to them, but it’s great that now we can show them that we are sorry for their loss.”
“I’m very proud of both girls,” said Lisa. “I think it’s wonderful what they’re doing. I think all little girls want money for themselves, but these two are trying to help out the neighbors. I’m a very proud mom.”