The Ottumwa Courier


May 30, 2013

Lemonade stand unfairly targeted

Recently, my kids and their friends wanted to have a lemonade stand at our home on North Court Street. This is something we do very often and have for the last five years since we moved here.

A police officer showed up informing us that someone had called them to complain that the lemonade stand should be shut down because my kids were selling FOOD ITEMS (peanuts). They were also selling lemonade, water, sodas and snow cones. I don't know why someone would be so ugly in their hearts to call the police to shut down a CHILDREN'S lemonade stand, but I am sure those individuals must not have a very happy life. Side note — the children were raising money for the Heartland Humane Society and raised $75, and we purchased dog and cat food and treats, which were handed out to every dog.

This letter is to tell readers that we will be having another lemonade stand on June 1 with all proceeds going to the people of Moore, Okla., due to the tornado tragedy. There will be NO cost for any item. It will be donation only, and everything will go to the Moore Public School Foundation.

Let's see how big of a turnout we can get and show people that Ottumwa IS a great town full of wonderful people.

Stephanie Maggio


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