LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - On this Lemonade Day here in Lubbock, there are about 3,500 kids operating about 1,000 lemonade stands. Nationwide, about 1 million kids have started their own business, mainly in lemonade stands.
Seventy-five percent of these young entrepreneurs donate some or all of their earnings to charity. Since 2012, Lubbock has been hosting lemonade day, allowing thousands of kids, a year build and manage their own business. A common theme among most of the lemonade stands, was their giving spirits and reasons they wanted to give.
Thirteen-year-old Emma Hernandez said she’s donating her money to the Burkhart Center.
“My brother and sister have autism and I just want to help because I thought it would be helpful for kids that have autism and don’t know what to do," Hernandez said.
Eight-year-old Isabella Armendariz decided she was going to donate money to four legged friends.
“I really like animals and I thought it would be good to bring some money to animal organization,” Armendariz said.
Six-year-old Aiden Hernandez decided to donate some of his money to a local charity that helps kids. He said, “I’m going to donate it to casa.”
Nine-year-old Rose Gonzales said, “I’m donating half to church, Saint Josephs. I feel excited and happy.
Eight-year-old-Jacob Musquiz decided to donate his funds to a family friend who needs a liver and her recently matched donor, instead of keeping the money for himself and going to summer basketball camps.
“It makes me feel good because I like helping people,” Musquiz said.
The generosity of these business owners isn’t surprising.
Mark Bain is the CEO Of First United Bank in Lubbock.
“We always ask the kids, ‘what are you going to do with your money?’ and some of the ideas that they’re coming up with to, not just spend their money, but to give back to their communities, it just speaks volumes,” Bain said.
Robert Taylor is a Lemonade Day Champion and is the CEO of United Supermarkets. He agrees with Bain.
“It says about the people of Lubbock and how we’ve trained our kids,” Taylor said.
Along with a cup of inspiration, Emma shared some good life advice.
The event organizers say the average profit per stand is about $230. 80 percent of the participants meet their profit goal and 94 percent of them plan to participate again next year.
“Never give up on what you want to accomplish and turning lemons into gold," Hernandez said.