Thursday, March 30, 2017

Lemonade for love

Six-year-old A'Layah Robinson of Sulphur, Oklahoma, was born to a drug-addicted mother. As an infant, she was bounced from one foster home to another. "It was not very fun," she says, "but I had to do it because I was a foster kid, until I got adopted." After the Robinson family adopted her, they knew she was very special. Her mom, Misty Robinson, remembers, "She had her birthday and Christmas money. She was trying to buy a Barbie jeep. When the tornado hit after her birthday, she told me she wanted to give all her money to a family who lost everything.

But that was just the beginning. She began selling Lemonade for Love, and raised hundreds of dollars to buy gifts for other foster kids. "I get tooth brushes, tooth paste and blankies and a stuffed animal and a Bible," she explains. "I put the Bible in so they can feel special and learn about Jesus." Recently she was nominated for a First Fidelity Bank Pay it 4Ward prize of $400. She received it by surprise during a school ceremony, and kept her promise to use it to help others. She and her mom went right out to buy 250 backpacks, 100 full-size blankets and 50 baby blankets for Oklahoma foster children.  (Thanks to a faithful reader in Bloomington, Indiana, for discovering this "crumb.")

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