While most students are happy to relax when the first day of school ends, 16-year-old Sandwich High School junior Maddie Card went home on Friday, Aug. 18, and got right to work making pink lemonade to sell in front of her home.
Every afternoon on the first day of school, for the past 12 years, Card has made and sold lemonade, giving the profits to a local charity each year.
“I think it’s a great way to help out around your community and anywhere else,” Card said.
Originally starting with her grandmother Kris, Card has since started to lead the effort by herself, choosing the charities to donate to each year. In past years, Card has donated to the American Red Cross, the Kendall County Food Pantry, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
“Usually, it’s random things [charities] around here that I know need help,” Card said. “But lately it’s been who in the community or around us needs help.” In 2016, Card donated her proceeds to the National Cancer Society, to support her grandfather, Michael.
The funds raised this year by Card went to the Open Door Rehabilitation Center in Sandwich. Open Door provides services to adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities, to allow them to grow and find independence.
“I have a friend whose mom works there,” Card said. “We’ve done fundraisers through the school for them, and I thought it would be a good place to give to. They are very accepting of donations, and could use them.”
By 4 p.m., Card had raised a little over $100, raising an average of $400 for the past few years. There is a set price of 25 cents to purchase a cup of lemonade, but most pay over that amount, usually in dollars or higher.
“I don’t think anybody has given exact change today, it’s always been dollar donations or more,” Card said.