SHAWNEE — Life gave Vivienne Harr lemons so she made “lemon-aid.”
The 9-year-old girl was in Woodland Park on Friday afternoon selling lemonade to passers-by and families, with donations going to help Shawnee tornado victims. Vivienne's stand was part of a Shawnee Youth Coalition fun day for children affected by the tornadoes.
She saw the tornado damage on television at home in Fairfax, Calif., and decided to bring her stand to Oklahoma.
“My wife and I were watching the coverage and she came down and asked ‘what's happening,' said Eric Harr, her father. “We showed her what happened. She looked at the computer for about a minute and said ‘we need to make a stand for these people.'”
Vivienne is no stranger to making a stand. She and her father founded the Make a Stand company after her daily lemonade stand began bringing in thousands of dollars to aid people in distress. The price of the lemonade is up to the customer, and some of the donations are quite large.
On Friday afternoon, among carnival booths, face painting and a hot dog cookout, Vivienne sold more than $3,000 worth of homemade lemonade. The money went to the Pottawatomie County United Way.
Other young people involved in the youth coalition have also decided to set up lemonade stands to help in the relief effort.
“She kind of sparked our kids,” said Jon Greenwood, who helps with the coalition.
Thursday, Vivienne went with her family and the Shawnee Youth Coalition to volunteer in Moore. She helped an elderly couple move debris in the yard to the curb because the couple couldn't do it themselves.