It all started with Payton. In the summer of 2018, six-year-old Payton decided she wanted to have a lemonade stand. We talked about where the proceeds would go and decided that 100% of all proceeds would go towards purchasing new toys for patients at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). Payton received a new toy (teddy bear) when she was a patient there at a very young age and that bear has slept in her bed every single night since. It’s a very special toy to Payton and has provided her with great comfort and security over the years. Now that she’s older, she would like to give back and provide other kids in need with their own special toy. After the success of her first stand in the summer of 2018, Payton decided she wanted to make this an annual event. A year later, at her second stand in the summer of 2019, she raised almost $7,000!! Word started to spread about this annual fundraiser and more kids wanted to get involved. In 2020 we came up with the idea of Payton’s Pals and implemented EIGHT additional stands! Stands were hosted by kids all over the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. Together, with the support of the community, we raised over $35,000 that summer!
While supporting children at CCHMC has always been at the heart of Payton’s Lemonade Stand, we have realized that there are many other children who are facing hardships that could have their lives sweetened by a toy, gift, or craft. So, as we continue to grow, we will be supporting children through other organizations, in addition to CCHMC, who fall in line with the mission of our organization. With that in mind, we decided to become an official nonprofit (501c3) in 2021. We are now Payton’s Lemonade Stand, LLC, and are looking forward to expanding our reach to sweeten the lives of even more children facing hardships.
In the summer of 2021, the 4th Annual Payton’s Lemonade Stand added even more stands. With the help of over 100 kids at 30 stands across the Tri-State, we raised $60,000 to sweeten the lives of kids facing hardships!!
Our First Stand
Our first stand took place in July of 2018. Our goal was to raise $50 and go out and buy a few toys for children at CCHMC. Payton got to work with her dad building the stand and making signs. She set up shop in our driveway, invited all of her friends and neighbors, and made her lemonade. In just a few short hours she made $768! We took the money we raised and went to our local Target to purchase toys on CCHMC’s wish list. Shortly thereafter, we made a trip to CCHMC to drop a car full of toys off to be distributed to patients. We drove away thinking our work was done, but looking back, it was all just beginning.