A ten-year-old girl raised close to $10,000 to help her family rebuild their burned out home in Florida.
Alyssa De La Sala, a fourth-grader from Tampa, Florida, held a lemonade stand sale on Saturday to do her bid in helping her family raise the $70,000 they need to complete construction on their home.
Alyssa’s family home was destroyed by fire in March 2013. The cause of the disaster was never established, but it began in the garage and swept all the way to the roof, so the family needed to rebuild from scratch. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. A 10-year-old Florida girl raised nearly $10,000 to help rebuild her family’s burned-out home.
When the reconstruction work began, the contractor said it would take six to eight months to complete, but more than two years later it is still not done, Alyssa’s dad, Joe De La Sala, said.
The family is currently staying in an apartment while awaiting completion of their home, however in December 2014 the insurance payments for the apartment ran out and the De La Salas are now paying both their mortgage and the rent for the apartment.
A few months ago, the family received a foreclosure notice, because the contractor had not paid specialists like the roofer and drywall company. Joe De La Sala said:
It started a roller coaster of money I had to come up with. We started scrambling for money.
2. Alyssa’s lemonade stand was held on Saturday in front of the family’s half-built home.
He explained that they received a $80,000 – $100,000 estimate from a new contractor the family has since hired and added:
The insurance company still has $50,000 left of the money so we’re trying to figure out how to come up with the rest.
It was then that Alyssa came up with an idea to hold a lemonade stand to raise money and her dad admits that he did not pay much attention to it at first.
But Alyssa wrote a letter to “The Kane Show”, a radio show broadcast across the country, and asked them to advertise her lemonade stand. The girl also created a flyer and handed it out at school and across the neighborhood.
“The Kane Show” spoke about the fourth-grader’s efforts and soon her little lemonade stand became a community event.
3. A local restaurant has now asked Alyssa to hold another lemonade sale at their restaurant.
Held on Saturday in front of the family’s half-built home, Alyssa’s lemonade stand raised close to $10,000, according to De La Sala. He said:
I was totally amazed by the turnout. 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.
Following the huge success of Alyssa’s lemonade stand, the family received pledges from other contractors and specialists to help with construction, as well as from a local restaurant which has asked Alyssa to hold another lemonade sale at their restaurant.
The family also have set up a GoFundMe page to help raise the money they need.
4. Ten-year-old Alyssa De La Sala held a lemonade stand sale on Saturday to do her bid in helping her family raise the $70,000 they need to complete construction on their home.
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