Charity by the cupful

In our work at Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois (LCFS), we often come across stories of hardship. But we’re also privileged to experience the joys that are part of life.


One way we experience these joys is through the contributions of the many volunteers who generously give of their time to support our work. This volunteer spirit also inspires children, like the Daniel sisters.


In 2012, when Silver Daniel’s three daughters said they wanted a lemonade stand, she saw it as a great opportunity to teach them about giving back to those less fortunate. So one sunny day, the three girls, Madeline, Kennedy and Caitlyn, all under age seven at the time, set up their stand. They charged 50 cents a glass, with all proceeds going to LCFS’ back-to-school drive. By the end of the day, those three little girls raised just over $100, which provided four children served by LCFS with a backpack and school supplies for the coming year. The Daniel family’s generosity and determination provided a great example for us all.


On June 7th from 1 to 3 p.m., the Daniel girls will again be setting up their Oak Park lemonade stand and letting their friends and neighbors know that they are looking to support LCFS’ back-to-school drive (www.lcfs.org/BackToSchool). We’re excited for the girls and appreciate their efforts.


Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois is a non-profit social ministry organization serving some 40,000 individuals annually with foster care, adoption, counseling and youth residential treatment programs, along with a variety of community services. For more information on LCFS programs and services, visit www.lcfs.org or www.facebook.com/LCFSIL or call 800-363-LFCS.


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