SCARSDALE, N.Y. - Dozens of Scarsdale students took to the streets this week to help those in need by selling “lemonaid” for the Robin Hood Foundation.
Over the weekend, children in Scarsdale ranging from between 4 and 18-years-old, populated Scarsdale Streets with homemade lemonade and baked goods stands to raise money for the Robin Hood’s Lemonaid Program, the largest poverty-fighting organization in the area.
Since 2004, Scarsdale has participated in the Robin Hood’s Lemonaid program, raising more than $1 million for the organization. Each year, Robin Hood “finds, funds and creates programs that generate meaningful results for New York’s poorest residents - from soup kitchens and homeless shelters, to schools, job training programs and other vital services.”
According to Marianne Macrae, the director of family philanthropy at Robin Hood, “the effort mobilized the town, with Lemonaid stands springing up at elementary schools, downtown, at the Golden Horseshoe Shopping Center and beyond.”
“We were so thrilled and so impressed - once again - with how supportive the community is,” she added. “More than 100 families participated this year. You couldn’t walk down Main Street without hitting four or five Lemonaid stands.”
Suzanne Eckhart, who had two of her children participate this year, noted that the Lemonaid program provides Scarsdale students the opportunity to make a difference in and out of the community.
“We’ve been participating the past few years when we had the chance, and it’s a good opportunity for the kids to help out those around them,” she said. “A lot of people in Westchester are very fortunate, so it’s good to be able to benefit those in need.”