Goochland girl raises money for refugees through lemonade stand

Published: Sep. 7, 2015 at 9:59 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 17, 2015 at 10:00 PM EDT
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GOOCHLAND, VA (WWBT) - A Goochland girl spent this Labor Day helping others.

7-year-old Emery Alford, a second grader at Randolph Elementary, decided she wanted to raise money to aid the thousands of refugees fleeing the Middle East for Europe.

"I wanted to help them because I want them to get to Europe safely," Emery said.

She decided to raise the money through a lemonade stand. With help from her mom, Emery stirred up some fresh lemonade and set up a stand outside Parish Grocery in Gum Spring.

"I try to instill in the girls, kind of a sense of how lucky we are that we live in such a great country where we don't have to worry about being run out of our homes," said Emery's mother, Michelle.

"I feel like I'm so lucky, and they're like really poor, and they have to travel from one thing to another without food or clean water, so I wanted to help them," Emery explained.

Emery told each person that walked by about the thousands of refugees fleeing the Middle East for Europe.

"They're walking for hours and hours. They're getting in canoes and going, and it's just not safe on those seas," she said.

In about four hours, Emery raised more than $250.

The money will go to an organization called the Migrant Offshore Aid Station, which helps those trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea.

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