Residents and travelers visiting parks and downtown businesses in Kearney are likely to come across three youngsters and business, The Good Lemonade Stand.
So far this summer, the stand has made multiple appearances in Jesse James Park, been adjacent to downtown businesses in the 100 block of West Washington Street, has made an appearance at the Kearney Fire and Rescue Protection District, been located at businesses along South Jefferson Street and most recently in front of Kearney Historic Museum in the 100 block of East Washington Street.
Headed up by elementary-age do-gooders and siblings Silas Faith, Evelyn Faith and Virgil Faith, The Good Lemonade Stand is a serious business that is serious about giving back. The children and their mother, Heidi Faith, have been given the blessing to operate by the Kearney Board Aldermen and are junior members of the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce. The Faiths also obtained a food handler’s license from the Clay County Public Health Department.
In addition, the family has crafted a wooden lemonade stand that comes complete with decorative signage, lemon tree and apothecary jar of lemons. Since starting to sell lemonade around Kearney in June, the family has made $1,400 with proceeds being donated to a local elementary school, where the children attend, this fall.
“Teachers do a lot and spend their own giving incentives and things for children and families so this is our way of giving back,” said mother Heidi.
“I like selling lemonade. It’s fun,” said Evelyn.
Since the stand only operates in public spaces or on business property with permission, Silas Faith said he’s had fun this summer getting to know more about local businesses and interacting with those that operate them.
Heidi said in addition to doing something more impactful than going to the movies with her children, The Good Lemonade Stands is educational and allows her family to make memories together.
“The Kearney community has been so wonderful and generous to us. And when people pass by, they wave, they honk, and that attention is so special for them. … It helps them get to know the individuals in our community and have an interaction with them,” she said, adding by having a banker, lemonade server and chef, each of children are learning about real-world job skills, business and math concepts such as gross and net profit, marketing and the importance of tithing.
For Virgil Faith, giving back to his community is the best part.
“We just wanted to do something for our teachers,” he said. “It’s fun being out.”
The stand and its youngster philanthropic entrepreneurs have garnered somewhat of a cult following, with their social media presence getting hundreds of likes.
“Love this group of kids. Heidi is awesome, please support them,” said Dan Lechner, who allowed the stand to locate in front of his Farmers Insurance location in downtown Kearney.