Today I Saw God
Lemonade Stands Help Squash Malaria
While malaria may not be one of our top worries here in the United States, 3.2 billion people that's half the world's population are at risk of contracting the potentially deadly disease. It's estimated that 5.2 billion in US dollars are needed each year to fight malaria around the world, but only half of that funding is available. On April 25, World Malaria Day, members of Floris and Restoration Churches responded to Bishop Young Jin Cho's call to host lemonade stands to help raise money for the fight. Bishop Cho explained the choice of venue, saying, "You might be asking, 'what do lemons and mosquitos have in common?' Well, squashing them saves lives!"
Floris and Restoration members of all ages enthusiastically did their part, raising over $1,700 from at least 17 stands scattered across Ashburn, Fairfax, Herndon, Oak Hill, Oakton and Reston. On Kinross Court in Oak Hill, Erica Giovanini and Amanda Nicklas joined forces, toting five kids collectively who helped hand out drinks and collect payment. "It's important to include children in giving back to others," said Erica. "It's even more awesome knowing that the church will match whatever money we make," Amanda added, "I learned through the church that whatever we raise really will make a dent in the problem of malaria in third world countries. Lemonade stands are also a realistic way to involve the kids and show them how important it is to serve the larger community."
Many of the lemonade stand hosts found this to be an opportunity to involve their friends. Emilie DiLeonardo shared, "The kids had a blast and some neighbors joined us!" At the Heflin's stand in Ashburn, there were three neighbors along with Lucas and Cole. All five kids were eager to tell patrons about malaria and how $10 buys a bed net and saves a life. "They had such a wonderful experience," Mindy Heflin commented, "we are grateful to Floris for helping motivate them towards aiding such a worthwhile cause."
If you are interested in making a donation to bring an end to malaria, you can make a donation on the Virginia Conference's Imagine No Malaria website.