For the past 5 years, we have had a lemonade stand to raise money for the Vacation Bible School Mission’s Project at Island Christian Church. We look forward to it every year because we not only have fun seeing our neighbors but we are happy to be able to do something to have a big impact!
We’ve learned some things over the years, so we thought we’d share our ideas with you so that you can have a big impact with just a little lemonade! Last year we raised over 600 dollars for the project – that’s a lot money for the people in need!
Steps To Running a Successful Lemonade Stand:
Step 1: Advertise
A couple of days before our lemonade stand, we put a simple flyer in our neighbors’ mailboxes. This has made a big difference! Instead of cars whizzing by, they are expecting to see us and they usually have time to stop for a cup of lemonade. Often people plan to walk down and chat for a bit. On the flyer, we tell them that we are raising money for our missions project, what our missions focus is and how much we want to raise (when people see you want to raise $500, they usually don’t give only fifty cents). This also helps people be prepared to give. We print the flier on bright colored paper so it stands out in their mailbox. Making flyers and putting them in mailboxes or attaching them to trees is a good way to spread the news of a lemonade stand. Have your parents advertise it on their social media so other friends can stop by too.
Step 2: A Welcoming Environment
So, to run a successful lemonade stand, you need a Welcoming Environment. To get a welcoming environment, you shouldn’t be sitting/standing grumpily and waiting for someone to come. You should be sitting/standing with good posture with a big smile on your face, showing them what you are doing by shouting “Lemonade! Lemonade! Come get your lemonade!” With fresh lemonade, no matter store-bought or handmade, people will be pleased to come on a hot day. Having a cute set up will create a welcoming environment for customers too.
Step 3: Free, But Accepting Donations
So, you know to create a welcoming environment for customers. Now you need to know how to manage money. It seems crazy not to charge when you are trying to raise money, right? But look at it this way: nobody would stop if you were charging $5 for a cup of lemonade, but if you give it for free but say you are accepting donations, they are more likely to give. Also, sometimes you are able to bless someone who is on a jog without their wallet. (I mean, who would bring their wallet on a simple jog? Well, I wouldn’t.)
Step 4: Share Jesus
We always have invitations to VBS and church to give out along with the lemonade. Sometimes people need to be refreshed with more than just lemonade. Advertise the Lord and the project we are raising money for in Nicaragua. This year I (Emma) plan to write out some Bible verses to encourage people – I will give those verses along with the lemonade. This way we can bless our neighborhood and Nicaragua!
Step 5: Pray
Pray when you are putting flyers in the mailboxes, when you are setting up your stand and when you start. Pray that God’s will would be done and that you would raise a lot of money for the mission’s project.
Step 6: Start the Giving
Before we ask people to give money, we always give some of our money as well. Not just so we can sample the lemonade and cookies, but because we want to get in on helping the project too. You can’t ask people to do what you are not willing to do!
Step 7: Be Safe
Finally (my mom is making us add this), be safe! Never jump out in front of cars or play in the street during your lemonade stand. Make sure an adult is out there with you at all times since most likely strangers will approach your lemonade stand.
We hope you have a very successful lemonade stand! Let’s bless people from our neighborhoods and all the way to Nicaragua!
-Contributed by Emma & Jake M.