The Mazzarello boys in Kirkland are gearing up — buying ingredients, gathering plastic cups and making posters — for their second annual lemonade stand to raise money for Make-A-Wish® Canada.
Michael, 6, Steven, 5, and Anthony, 3, originally came up with the idea to have a yard sale to raise money for charity after watching Toy Story 2, but settled on a lemonade stand instead.
“They’re very good kids,” said Pamela O’Reilly, the boys’ mother.
“The goal is really to just spend time with neighbours and people in the community and at the same time, raise money for a good cause.”
The boys knew they wanted to donate to a foundation that helps children.
How much do they want to raise this year?
“One hundred dollars,” said Michael.
“I match whatever they manage to make,” O’Reilly added.
The boys made $67 last year, and the family donated a total of $150 to the foundation.
“I’m very proud of my boys,” said O’Reilly.
“They like doing it. It’s exciting because all the neighbours come over.”
O’Reilly said giving back is something she teaches her children every day.
“We say ‘boys who share always get more.’ It’s karma, you know? Good things come your way,” she said.
The boys are inviting everyone to come to Piper Street in Kirkland at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, for lemonade and snacks.
“This is very important to us, to give back. We are exceedingly blessed, so we try to give back as best we can,” O’Reilly said.
For anyone who wants to donate directly to the foundation, go to the Make-A-Wish® website.