'Cuties' are secret to brisk lemonade sales
COAL TOWNSHIP - Brooke Jenks won't be baking for her lemonade stand Saturday. There will be donations for that. The 9-year-old won't mix the lemonade, either. That's her "pop-pop's" job.
She's actually the face of the franchise - she and her 2-year-old cousin, Ava Showers. They only have to show up. It's a recipe for success. The girls raised $600 in two hours at their inaugural lemonade fundraiser last summer, and more than $1,000 overall donated to the Down Syndrome Society of the Susquehanna Valley.
They brought the "cute" and left the labor for the adults.
"You put two cutie pies out there and you
make $600 in two hours. We found the secret," said Kate McElwee, the girls' grandmother.
Brooke's Second Annual Lemonade Stand will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Mac's Hoagies, Arch and Oak streets. There will be cookies donated from Rita's Bake Shop across the street, baked goods from friends, and lemonade specially mixed by Brooke's "pop-pop," Jim McElwee, a namesake of the hoagie shop.
All proceeds are raised in conjunction with the Down Syndrome Society's Buddy Walk, scheduled for 1 p.m. Sept. 13 at Midd-West High School in Middleburg.
Showers is one of about 15 children registered in the local chapter of the Down Syndrome Society, Kate McElwee said. She has a knack for being the center of attention. Playful and cherubic, Showers easily entertains. Jenks thinks she's hilarious. She loves her cousin. They swim together at Edgewood Swim Club. At the McElwees, they play dolls, or Jenks gives her baby cousin a push on the front porch swing. They laugh - a lot.
"Most children aren't like her. I wanted to buy toys and stuff to help them," Jenks said of her inspiration behind the fundraiser, her grandmother noting that some of the proceeds raised are used by the organization to purchase therapeutic toys.
Jenks is a fourth-grader at Line Mountain Elementary, and a daughter of Shawn Jenks and Paul and Jessica Troup. Showers' mother and father are Jacqueline and Katlin Showers, of Coal Township.
For more information or to donate to the Down Syndrome Society's Buddy Walk, visit www.dsssv.com or call 570-658-7687.