Shelton’s Lemonade Stand raises money for holiday presents

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WASHINGTON, Ill. — Most kids use their summer earnings from a lemonade stand to buy a new toy. But a pair of Peoria sisters are selling lemonade to help others.

Elani and Zoey Shelton are just 12 and 9-years-old, but they’re already making a difference.

“I think its great that they’re already part of the community and giving back,” said Washington police department Officer Zach Bean.

The sisters spend their summer running a lemonade stand to raise money for Toys for Tots, a non-profit that collects toys to give to under-privileged kids during the holidays.

“We decided it wasn’t as well known as some of the other charities around here,” said Elani Shelton.

For the past five years, they’ve brought their donations to the Washington Police Departments drop off. On Saturday, they had their lemonade stand at Washington Mayor Gary Manier’s house.

“It makes me happy because other kids sometimes don’t get presents so then we get to give them presents,” said Zoey Shelton.

Last year the pair raised one thousand dollar. They hope to raise even more this year.

“It makes me feel happy about it, knowing that other people get things too,” said Elani Shelton.

In December, they’ll go present shopping.

The Shelton’s Lemonade Stand had a record breaking day on Saturday, raising $700.

They’ll host their final events of the summer on July 20 and August 10 at their house in Peoria. More information on future lemonade stands can be found on their Facebook page.

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