Grand Chute students sell lemonade for hurricane victims

Grand Chute lemonade stand for hurricane victims

GRAND CHUTE (WLUK) -- A series of honks, waves and smiles rolled through Grand Chute neighborhood on W. Capital Drive as drivers spotted a lemonade stand.

The dollar per cup sale came after 10-year-old Dominic Ruzzicone saw devastating images from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

"I saw destruction. I saw houses destroyed. It was not a good sight," Dominic said. "Trees were gone, bushes, everything was gone. It was like an apocalypse."

Dominic said fundraising was an obvious thing to do.

Dominic's dad, John Ruzzicone, said "our reaction was like 'we need more kids like this', is this my kid? It was great. It was a great idea, the school wanted to get involved."

Dominic's neighbor and friend, Cristopher Agaton, also took on a big role in the fundraiser.

"I wanted to help other people in need," Cristopher said.

The goal is to raise $1,000. The money will be divided between two organizations: Samaritans Purse and the Cajun Navy.

An adult helping with the fundraiser is Missy Wells. She said part of the money will also be given to one Hurricane Harvey victim.

"Debby happens to be a Facebook friend of mine and has been a few years," Wells explained. " I never actually met her, however we interact very often and she happened to be in an area of Texas that was hit dramatically and 50 inches of rain is what her town got."

Dominic and Cristopher hope their efforts not only help victims but also bring the community together.

"America can come together and be like a team, like baseball, and when they can be a team, it's amazing," said Dominic.

The kids made $800 Saturday. They hope people will buy unlimited "virtual" cups on their Go Fund Me page to reach their $1,000 goal.

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