When Alexie Petrov of Woodbridge and her brother Niki heard about the destruction in the Bahamas caused by Hurricane Dorian, they started thinking about the fate of pets rendered homeless by the super-soaker. Together with their friend Lily Liu of New Haven, who was visiting that weekend, they spent one Saturday in September making lemonade and cookies, signs and flyers and banners.
Then, on Sunday morning they set up a lemonade stand at the Fitzgerald tract near the parking lot, where early-morning runners, dog walkers and bird watchers were happy to pick up some refreshments and help out for a good cause. “An estimated 40 people came by,” said Alexie’s mother, Chandra Prasad. “They were very generous in their purchases of lemonade and chocolate chip cookies.”
The event netted $270 which they donated to the Humane Society of Grand Bahamas. “Many other dogs and cats there still need shelter, food, and medicine, and hopefully some will benefit from the donation,” Prasad said. Canine friends walking at the Fitzgerald tract that morning got free dog biscuits.
Similarly, two Beecher students, Samantha and her neighbor Maeve, recently set up a lemonade stand at the top of their driveway. They were selling goodies for the benefit of Jewish Family Services’ food pantry in New Haven. Via Facebook, their mom asked friends and neighbors to bring soup and cereal, which the food bank organizers were running low on. They collected over $100 and were planning to use the money to shop for more food bank items, said mom, Linda Christy. The lemonade stand attracted neighbors they saw very rarely and contributed to a friendly get-together.
The kids had all participated in a summer enrichment program at Beecher Road School, the how-to of setting up a lemonade stand, run by Multi-Age Group teacher BJ Ahern.
Alexie Petrov, 8, of Woodbridge, and Lily Liu, 8, of North Haven