Local family host lemon aid stand for charity

SAN MARCOS — Soles4Souls, an international shoe charity, and Lemons to Aid, a movement encouraging kids to give to others by getting involved in creative ways, have joined forces to bring shoes to other people in need with the launch of a new program called Lemon Drop. The program is designed specifically for children and families who will sell lemonade and collect donations at local stands.
The Villicana family of San Marcos will be hosting a Lemon Drop in their community on Aug. 21 at the Vista Farmers Market. Community members can stop by to purchase lemonade, which was generously donated by Hot Dog on a Stick, as well as “drop” their new and gently worn shoes off to be donated to Soles4Souls. All proceeds and shoes collected at the Villicana family’s Lemon Drop will be used to supply the gift of shoes to people in need, like the victims of the Chilean and Haitian earthquakes.
“Children are the future of this country and the hope of tomorrow,” said Wayne Elsey, founder and CEO of Soles4Souls. “We are incredibly proud to be working with Lemons to Aid in setting up Lemon Drops across the country, and are hopeful that others will follow in the Villicana family’s footsteps and learn that they can make a difference in our world. Through something as simple as a lemonade stand or a gift of shoes, the life of someone in need can be truly touched, all because a child got involved.”
To learn more, visit www.giveshoes.org or www.lemonstoaid.org.

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