'Lemonade with Love' to benefit daughters who lost father - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

'Lemonade with Love' to benefit daughters who lost dad on Father's Day

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A community is rallying behind the family of the father who died in a tragic drowning accident on Father's Day.

As we reported last month, Carlton Peters, 33, died after trying to rescue his 9-year-old nephew at Lake Texoma, north of Dallas. Authorities say waves pulled his nephew into the lake and Peters swam out to save him. Another family member helped rescue the child, but Peters drowned in the attempt.

Peters is survived through his daughters Ava, 8, Grace, 10, and his wife who is currently expecting another child.

When Chandler Norman, a friend of the girls, found out about the tragedy he wanted to help.

"They're my best friends," said Chandler Norman.  

Two weeks ago he decided on a simple plan: When life hands you lemons make lemonade. So that's exactly what he and his friends are doing. The group says their lemonade will be extra special because it's made with love.

"The kids have been really sad and sorry for the girls, really devastated," said Jenna Norman, mother of Chandler.

Norman and 60 others will set up their benefit "Lemonade with Love" stand at their school, Murfee Elementary, from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

They want to ease the pain of their friends' loss by helping them out financially. They will have 75 gallons of lemonade on tap to quench your thirst, only asking for donations.

"It will feel really good to give them all this money that we raised for them," said Carson Rogers, a friend of the Ava and Grace.

In fact, the word has already got out. As we were filming the story, a lady stopped by to donate to the grieving family. In total the group has raised $1,000 before they have even opened the stand, but say they still need more to help the family who lost their beloved father on the day they should celebrate him.

The group expects 300 people to attend. Murfee Elementary is located off of Loop 289 and Indiana.

United, McAllisters, Sonic and Essence Bottling Company donated lemonade mix, water, ice and cups for the benefit.

There is a memorial fund set up at City Bank in Carlton Peters name. You can also donate through PayPal by using the email CarltonPetersFund@gmail.com.

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