Lemonade For Brighter Futures: Charity Provides Students With Supplies From Lemonade Stand Funds

Bernie Tafoya
August 16, 2019 - 1:10 pm
Fill a Heart 4 Kids

Photo provided by Ann McAveeney


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Lemonade has been turning into "dough" for an organization that helps children who don’t have permanent homes. 

Ann McAveeney founded Fill a Heart 4 Kids in 2007 to provide supplies, gifts, and more to young people who live on the street or are foster children living in group homes. 

This time of year, her group provides young people with school supplies.

"It’s insane. As of today, we will have delivered 30,000 school supplies," she said.

McAveeney said children and corporations have taken up her Lemonade Challenge, putting up lemonade stands and then donating the proceeds to her group.

She said $4,800 has been raised by those lemonade stands this summer.

McAveeney is hoping more lemonade stands are set up.

Fill a Heart 4 Kids
Photo provided by Ann McAveeney

"I’m a little concerned. We’re really low on calculators. I think we only have six calculators left and we need another 200 calculators for our high school kids," she said. 

"We want to make sure that our kids are in school, that they’re loved and remembered, that they have the tools so they can succeed. We don’t want them to arrive at school without the supplies because then they’ll be afraid to go." 

McAveeney said her group serves more than 1,300 needy young people monthly throughout the year. She said Fill A Heart 4 Kids provides the young people with coloring books, backpacks, and $5 gift cards.

"It's so important for kids to be remembered, not just at Christmas time or on their birthday. We’re about constant contact. It’s our goal to do something special every single month for all the children we serve," McAveeney said.