LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - On Father's Day this year, a Lubbock family lost their dad. Carlton Peters tried to rescue his 9 year old nephew after waves swept him into Lake Texoma. The boy survived, but Peters drowned while trying to save him. Saturday Peter's daughter's friends held a fundraiser at Murfee Elementary where they all go to school.
More than 50 volunteers and hundreds of customers came out to show their support and to give donations for the grieving family. Friends of Peter's daughters brainstormed the idea for Lemonade with Love, and it turned into a huge event. "I just wanted to do a lemonade stand, and soon we were thinking that we could do it for Eva and Grace who lost their dad" Chandler Norman, friend of Eva and Grace and creator of Lemonade with Love, says about the event. It's a small idea with a huge impact; before the stand even opened they had raised more than one-thousand dollars.
"It's probably a drop in the bucket compared to what she's got with the years ahead with college and weddings and everything else" Jinna Norman, family friend, says. Hundreds drove up for lemonade and cookies, in exchange for any donation to help the two young girls and their mother who is three months pregnant.
"We are so blessed that they've come together to help my niece and her children" Vickey Hoffman, family member with the Peters, says. Although the pain is still fresh, Hoffman can smile seeing the support her family is receiving. "It comes with joy and a missing part of us, Carlton is gone but we know he's in a great place and it just makes me proud to live in Lubbock, Texas" she continues about the crowds of people at Murfee ready to help.
Local businesses also jumped into action, donating the ice, cups, cookies, tents, and of course, the lemonade for the family of the man so many miss. The little workers were kept busy as they tried to stay cool handing out countless cups to thirsty customers. Each car, person, and even police officers at the elementary school are proof this community is standing behind them.
"Amber is the type, and Carlton was the type that would be out here helping someone else's family too" Gary Andrews, another family friend, says. There is a fund set up for the family at City Bank and First Capital Bank. If you wish to donate, just tell them it's for the Carlton Peters Memorial Fund.