10-Year-Old Crowdfunds $15,000 With Lemonade Stand To Repair Family Home
In Tampa, Florida, Alyssa De La Sala, 10, set up a lemonade stand to raise money toward the cost of rebuilding her family's home.
According to ABC News, the De La Sala family's home burned down in March 2013.
The entire home was destroyed by a fire, and it needed to be completely rebuilt.
Her dad, Joe De La Sala, was told the construction would take six to eight months, but it's been two years, and the job is only halfway done.
As a result, the family hired a new contractor who gave them an estimate of between $80,000 and $100,000.
Alyssa hated to watch her parents struggle to come up with the money, so she decided to help by selling lemonade with her older brother, Damien.
She also wrote a letter to "The Kane Show," explaining her family's situation, and the show decided to help promote her lemonade stand.
Alyssa additionally distributed fliers throughout her school and the town.
Word spread even further when the radio show contacted local news outlet WFTS about the stand, reports WLS-TV.
The determined girl opened up for her first day of business on Saturday and brought in nearly $10,000 for her family's new home.
There were reportedly so many people, police officers had to direct traffic.
Alyssa told WLS-TV,
I am speechless, overwhelmed. It is amazing.
She received amounts of up to $1,000, and a 7-year-old boy gave Alyssa a blanket, a book and a few toys.
Numerous businesses showed up with loads of supplies.
Her father told ABC News,
There are a lot of people who are in a lot worse situations but to see people still come out and support us for what we're going through it's really amazing. I'm at a loss of words.
The family also set up a GoFundMe page and received offers from contractors and construction workers to assist with the operation.
As of Monday afternoon, the total donations amounted to nearly $15,000, according to WLS-TV.
A local restaurant even offered to host another lemonade sale.