California girl, 9, brings “lemon-aid” stand to help Oklahomans

Vivienne Harr's “lemon-aid” stand was part of a Shawnee Youth Coalition fun day organized for children affected by Oklahoma's recent tornadoes.
BY CARMEN FORMAN cforman@opubco.com Published: June 15, 2013

“We heard about the tornado, and we were very sad so we wanted to come here and help the people and do what we could,” Vivienne said.

She is also on a campaign to fight child slavery.

“We've been dealing in hurricanes and tornadoes and child slavery but it all has a common thread, which is, you make a stand and when you make a stand other people do and then it grows,” Harr said.

A year of stands

Vivienne began her lemonade fundraising a year ago after seeing a photo of two Nepalese child slaves and deciding she had to do something. She had a goal to raise $100,000 to be split among five different organizations to free child slaves across the world. She hit that goal but wasn't satisfied.

She decided instead to continue her routine of setting up her lemonade stand once a day every day for one year. Shawnee was day 355. After her 365 days are up, Vivienne will fly to Nepal to meet the two boys in the photo that prompted her cause. When she returns, she will still have her lemonade stand but not every day.

“I think of myself as a normal kid wanting to help people … well, change the world,” Vivienne said.

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