Peyton's Lemonade Stand: Oklahoma Girl Raises Money For Foster Kids
RED OAK, Oklahoma - A 6-year-old Oklahoma girl spent part of her summer running her own business to raise money for kids in her community.
Peyton Bryce may be small, but she has a big heart for helping people. For the past three years she has operated her own lemonade stand.
"To raise money for clothes and shoes for students that didn't have any clothes and shoes," Peyton said.
It all began when Peyton was just 4 years old, when her mom explained to her there are many children in her school who can't afford new things, like back-to-school clothes.
And just like that, her mom said, it was like a light bulb came on for Peyton.
Peyton came up with the idea to open “Peyton’s Lemonade Stand.” And she wanted to use all the money she made to buy new clothes for the children in Red Oak, about 45 miles east of McAlester.
She raised $1,000 her first year and bought clothes for students at her school. For the past two years all proceeds have gone toward buying clothes for foster children in Latimer County.
Peyton's Lemonade Stand sold lemonade, baked goods and breakfast food in downtown Red Oak.
And because folks in the neighboring town of Wilburton were making a nearly 15 mile drive to buy Peyton’s lemonade, she decided to take her stand to Wilburton for a day.
This year Peyton raised $2,100 and she took 10 foster children in Latimer County shopping for new back-to-school clothes.
Peyton says she wants to run her lemonade stand forever. And she hopes to become a police officer one day, so she can continue to help people.
Peyton is in the process, with the help of her mom, of applying to become a 501(c) 3 for a non-profit status.