Virtual LemonAiD stands raise money for homeless children

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)It seems like in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, just about everything has gone virtual.

Add one more to the list. And it’s fun for a good cause.

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As summertime arrives, The Salvation Army is adding a little bit of sweetness to the lives of homeless children in the Bluegrass.

LemonAiD 2020 kicks off Wednesday, July 8 and will run through Friday, July 31.

Created by The Salvation Army staff in Lexington, LemonAiD supports local homeless children while empowering young people to make a positive difference in the community. The campaign will be held virtually this year.

“In the past, parents and kids have set up LemonAiD stands in their yards or at churches,” Major William Garrett said. “We didn’t want to cancel LemonAiD because it’s too important for the children we serve and the children who learn valuable lessons of giving and community through the event. Participants can fill out an online form and have a virtual stand in a few minutes. They can invite friends and family to donate while following social distancing.”

By operating a virtual LemonAiD stand this month, Lexington youth will raise money that supports children staying at The Salvation Army.

The annual campaign has been in place since 2007 and raises about $40,000 per year. Those funds help provide shelter, food, educational child care, bedroom furnishings and new school supplies.

Last year, The Salvation Army was a safe haven for more than 1,500 homeless people, including 260 children.

Adults and children can create a virtual LemonAiD stand by going to LemonAiDDays.org and clicking the link. Businesses can also set up stands or sponsor the program by contacting Krista Whitaker at Krista.Whitaker@use.salvationarmy.org.

Sponsors include CHI Saint Joseph Health, Ball Homes, LLC, Highbridge Springs, Clark Material Handling Company, Kentucky Growers and Wheeler Pharmacy.