Two 9-year-old Royse City girls were setting up their front-yard business Sunday afternoon while most other youngsters were seeking refuge from the heat at splash parks, in swimming pools or in the comfort of their air-conditioned homes.
The temperature hit the 100-degree mark minutes after Brooke Davidson and Ally Lerro had set up a folding table and canopy near the curb on High Meadow Drive in the Hidden Creek subdivision.
The neighborhood friends didn’t set up a lemonade stand, a standard summertime business venture for young entrepreneurs.
They made loom bracelets and received donations from people who wanted to help them “save sick kids.”
“We both pretty much thought of it,” Ally said.
They agreed that they should make loom bracelets – bracelets made out of colorful rubber bands. And they agreed that proceeds from their project would go to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
The girls want sick children to have an opportunity to get well, go to school, learn and get a good job later on in life. And they want all children to even have an opportunity to go to Disney World.
Their curbside work station was set up behind a sign that stated, “Help us help sick kids.”
The girls were excited that they made $30 in their first hour.
They had received donations for some of the bracelets, but a mother said “most of it was their own money that they donated.”
By Monday night, their total had reached $90.
The girls didn’t complain about the weather, even when the temperature hit 100 degrees about 5:30 p.m. and the “real feel” temperature was 106.
Their concern involved what they could do to make their front yard business a little more successful.
Ally is the daughter of Robert and Penny Lerro. Brooke is the daughter of Charlie and Lucretia Davidson.