When Life Gives You Lemons

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The lemonade stand: An age-old summertime institution built upon tradition and youthful charm, not to mention a tasty, tasty beverage. Or as kids see it: A fun way to spend their time on a hot summer day.

When nine-year-old Madison Hock asked her mother Jennifer if she could take part in such a tradition, mom said sure, but under one condition: All proceeds from the lemonade stand have to be donated to a charitable organization.

Madison agreed, deciding the money should benefit the place that hosts her favorite sports clinics and camps—the Morris YMCA.

Soon afterward, Madison’s Lemonade Stand officially opened for business with two options on the menu. For a quarter, customers could purchase a delicious cup of old-fashioned lemonade. For fifty cents, they could get a world-class slushy.

Madison’s enterprise was inevitably a hit. Thanks to her hard work and thirst- quenching drinks, Madison raised $72 for the Morris YMCA.

A few days later, Madison and Jennifer made their donation to the Y’s Annual Campaign. We were truly moved by such a selfless act! Because of Madison’s generosity, people throughout Grundy County will have more opportunities to experience what the Y has to offer. Way to go, Madison!


This story will be featured in the Morris YMCA’s 2016 Fall Program Guide, which will be available later this month.