After 11 years of manning a lemonade stand, siblings Jack and Kristin Ralston of Gretna have called it quits.
Their last sale brought in $351.53, which they donated to the Open Door Mission — just as they have every other year.
Sales of lemonade, iced tea and an assortment of baked goods have enabled the two to donate more than $3,000 to the mission through the years.
Kristin, 11, said they began the lemonade stand after their mom, Jeanne Ralston, heard news about the homeless shelter in 2003.
“My mom saw the roof needed to be fixed,” she said.
And so their father, Bryan Ralston, constructed a lemonade stand for the then very young children to use as a fundraiser.
“I just think we’re doing the right things,” said Jack, 12. “God says to help others.”
“So we help others,” added Kristin.
Jeanne Ralston said the stand is closing because of the added responsibilities of students in middle school. Jack attends Gretna Middle School and Kristin will move up soon.
Editor’s Note: This story was originally published on Omaha.com
Photo: Kristin and Jack Ralston had their 11th and final lemonade stand sale recently. Through the years, their annual lemonade stand sales have garnered more than $3,000 for the Open Door Mission. Vince Mancuso/World-Herald News Service
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