Maddie, Roy, and Morgan Grimmett have been working hard for the past couple of weeks from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m to supply Cullman residents with lemonade and a smile.
Their lemonade stand was custom made by their uncle, Lucas McCollum, and presented to Maddie by her great-grandfather, Roy Drinkard, as an early birthday gift.
Her first thought was that she wanted to earn enough money to pay her own way to Disney World, but a program on television changed her mind.
â€œI was watching TV late one night and I saw all the birds and other animals and wildlife that had been effected by the oil spill,â€ explained the nine-year-old entrepreneur. â€œThey were covered in oil, and someone was trying to get it off of them with soap.â€
Maddie dwelled on the idea for a while, then decided that instead of a vacation, her money should go toward the clean up efforts of the Gulf Coast wildlife.
Maddie has had some help from her friends, Kaylee and Lillie Rutherford, and of course, her employees, brother, Roy, 7, and sister, Morgan, 6.
The trio has done well with their endeavor, selling 100 cups of pink lemonade in just one day last week.
They plan to take the whole business down to Mitch Smith Chevrolet on Saturdays, starting in July. Mitch, their grandfather, looks forward to them bringing in lots of extra customers.
â€œIt makes me feel good to know Iâ€™m helping in some way,â€ said Maddie, thoughtfully.
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