However, when the seven-year-old sets up her lemonade stand in the parking lot behind Detour Coffee on the Friday evening of Cactus Festival, it will be the polar bears that benefit from her largesse.
“I really love animals and I really want to help them,” said Samantha, “especially the polar bear because the ice is breaking up and they are losing their homes.”
Samantha first set up her lemonade stand last year and raised $110. The money she gathers is donated to Earth Rangers, as part of the Bring Back the Wild program designed to empower children to protect wild animals and their homes.
Samantha learned about the Canadian charity through a television commercial and quickly checked out its website. Since the program was launched in September 2010, more than 150,000 children have registered to help protect animals and their habitats. Half of the money raised protects habitats across Canada, while the remainder goes to support education programs to teach children about the crisis facing wild animals and biodiversity.
Last year, Samantha’s money went to help the spotted turtle. While the adults made the lemonade, Samantha created posters, calculated change for customers and educated visitors about the spotted turtle.
“I liked the people. They were really nice, and I told them about the program and showed them the poster,” she said.
To learn more about Earth Rangers and Samantha’s campaign, visit www.earthrangers.com/bbtw/profile146800.
Samantha’s lemonade stand will be open from 6-9 p.m. on Aug. 16. Cups of lemonade and water will be available for $1 each . Donations to Earth Rangers are also welcome.