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Saving the world 1 lemonade at a time

Girl’s sidewalk stand benefits human trafficking victims

Posted: August 2, 2008 9:33 p.m.
Updated: October 4, 2008 5:01 a.m.

Paige Chabot, 8, pours lemonade in a cup as friend Taylor Beckham, 7, watches on Saturday afternoon at the corner of Paragon Street and Santa Clarita Road.

 
Typically, youngsters set up lemonade stands to raise money for a new bike, trendy outfit or the latest video game.

Taylor Beckham and Paige Chabot wanted the 50 cents from each glass of lemonade to have a deeper impact.

So the two elementary school friends decided to raise money for Zoe Children’s Homes, an international Christian ministry that rescues children in Thailand before they are trafficked around the world.

On Saturday, Beckham and Chabot set up their lemonade stand on the corner of Santa Clarita Road and Spandau Drive in Saugus and got to work pouring the cool yellow drinks to thirsty customers traveling through their neighborhood on the hot afternoon.

The two were joined by their moms as they sat under a cool shady spot.

“She has a heart for Zoe,” said Paige’s mom, Stephanie.

Jennifer, Taylor’s mom, agreed.

“I’m really proud of her that she wanted to do something,” she said.

Although it was Taylor’s first time selling lemonade, the Saturday afternoon sale marked Paige’s second time.

In 2006, the third-grader donated all of her lemonade stand proceeds to Zoe Children’s Homes, which started in the Santa Clarita Valley.

By noon, the girls had already made $20, a jump from Paige’s $17 two summers ago.

The inspiration to set up the lemonade stand came from Stephanie Chabot, who has been a volunteer for Zoe Children’s Home for two years.

Chabot said she was driven to help out after watching a video presentation from the organization’s representatives who visited her church, The Sanctuary in Canyon Country.

“I’ve been to the children’s home in Thailand twice,” Chabot said.

Once children are rescued, they are taken to the organization’s safe homes where they “get them on the right foot” and teach the youngsters English, Chabot said.

The moms said their daughters understand the core goal of Zoe Children’s Home, but they have yet to discuss all the details about human trafficking until they are older.

At the stand, one of the customers was Jacquie Wiggins, who visited the stand with her two daughters.
“I think it’s great,” she said as she shared a drink with her daughters. “It is an absolutely fabulous enterprise for kids.”

Wiggins was pleased to know that all of the proceeds from Saturday’s lemonade stand were going to charity.

“I really believe in volunteerism,” Wiggins said. “It’s important that each of us help others.”

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