When Shannon Gaggero told her 6-year-old son about the situation of some separated families at the border, he asked, "children in jail?" At that time she explained in more depth what was happening on the US-Mexico border, and told him that there were many people helping to reunite those families. Upon hearing this, the boy told her that he wanted to contribute to the cause.
A child's initiative
The boy told his mother that he wanted to help the migrants by selling lemonade. Shannon loved the idea and besides selling lemonade they also raised funds through a virtual campaign.
The family expected to collect at least $1,000 but never expected more than $13,000. "My kids are 6 and 3 so they don't quite understand the scope of how much money we raised," Gaggero told CNN. "They know it's a lot and they feel proud that so many people got involved to help."
Thanks to the lemonade stand they raised $ 1100, the rest was obtained with "a virtual lemonade stand," a fundraising campaign through Facebook. All the money that they managed to raise will be donated to RAICES, a non-profit organization that offers free and low-cost legal services to immigrants and refugees.
Like them, there are other families who are raising money for migrants through lemonade stands. In fact, they use a hashtag to record all their work: #StandForKids.
According to Shannon, this experience was a great opportunity to teach her children the value of keeping the family together. These actions are also an opportunity to remember the importance of empathy and to put ourselves in the place of the other, and to keep in mind that beyond all we are equal.
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