Two sisters from North Carolina really got into the Thanksgiving spirit again this year. For the third year in a row, the little girls made it their mission to raise money and purchase Thanksgiving meals for those in need of one this holiday. They raised thousands of dollars, and they don’t have any plans of slowing down!
The Sisters Who Raise Money For Thanksgiving Dinners
Thanksgiving is many people’s favorite holiday, for two main reasons: the people and the food. However, many underprivileged families across America do not have the means to make a Thanksgiving dinner. So, back in 2017, Alex (9) and her younger sister, Caroline (6), from Charlotte, North Carolina, decided they wanted to do something about that.
“We started this as a service project in 2017 for the family to do in the holidays,” the girls’ mother, Lisa Fischer, shared with CNN. When I initially suggested we donated one box of food, Alex said that wasn’t enough and that we should do 10 boxes.”
As Alex was – and still is – a child, she did not fully understand how expensive it is to make just one holiday meal. And so, her mom gently explained the costs. But Alex felt determined: she would raise money for as many families as she could.
Setting The Goal Higher And Higher
Determined, the girls set up a lemonade and baked goods stand, selling homemade cookies and brownies. From the money they raised, they were able to buy a hundred boxes of food boxes, later donated to Charlotte Rescue Mission (an organization that takes care of distributing the food to those in need). Alex vowed to raise enough money for 101 boxes the following year.
And, in 2018, she came through! The girls set up their stand once again, raising enough for 108 boxes of food and 50 turkeys. The next year – 2019 – they knew they wanted to go even bigger.
Alex and Caroline’s third year fundraising for Thanksgiving dinner exceeded everyone’s expectations. The girls, with a little help from their parents, raised over $2,800 – from the lemonade stand and a GoFundMe page Lisa set up. This allows them to purchase 65 turkeys and 130 boxes of staple Thanksgiving foods.
“They Chose To Think About Others”
The sisters’ lemonade/drive-thru stand became a smash with the locals. Meanwhile, online, the girls received just as much support, with many around the world donating to help.
Their mother said, “The girls are always excited when they see their friends, teachers, and neighbors show up to their lemonade stand.” She also mentioned that her girls don’t really understand how much attention they’re getting. “It’s really amazing as a parent to see that the values that you’re hoping to instill in your child are coming to be.”
Tony Marciano, the president and CEO of Charlotte Rescue Mission, praised the girls and their mother: “I think it was incredibly generous of her to do it. It speaks of her compassion for other people, xand she didn’t have to do it. Often times, children would rather buy toys or electronic devices, and instead, she chose to think about others. And that was huge.”