(Pixabay photo)

(Pixabay photo)

Penticton 6-year-old selling lemonade and baked goods for wildfire relief

Homemade lemonade, cookies and brownies will be on sale, all for just a quarter or two

A local six-year-old will be selling lemonade, homemade cookies and brownies to support the Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team (ALERT).

Dana Wilmot-Chapman, the mother of six-year-old Harper, said her daughter has wanted to host a lemonade stand since last year, but due to COVID-19, they felt it would be smarter to wait before setting one up.

“The other day after knowing there was a fire on the mountain and going to see it and talk about it she asked if she could help by getting money from her lemonade stand to plant trees or help the animals,” Wilmot-Chapman said to Penticton Western.

She says her daughter has always been a helper and calls Harper’s kindness her superpower.

After consulting a local Facebook group, Wilmot-Chapman and Harper settled on ALERT, a South Okanagan emergency shelter that, during the peak of wildfires in early August, helped shelter over 100 evacuated animals in the region.

READ MORE: Interior B.C. emergency animal shelter overcrowded, asking for help amid wildfires

Harper will be joined by her neighbourhood friend Ellie, where the two will be selling lemonade for 25 cents and “baked brownies and cookies that she made with her Nana” for 50 cents.

The two will be at 263 Bassett Street in Penticton, close to Queens Park School, between 1 and 3 p.m on Saturday (Sept. 4).

A poster Harper’s mother made up for the lemonade stand (Dana Wilmot-Chapman/Facebook)

A poster Harper’s mother made up for the lemonade stand (Dana Wilmot-Chapman/Facebook)

“I feel like we might be baking more cookies tonight … I’m blown away by the response,” Wilmot-Chapman said, adding that Harper “is so excited! It’s all she can talk about these days.”

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