Girl Scout cookies, a lemonade stand and ALS

Two years ago the Girl Scout cookie sale had the theme “What can a cookie do … more than you think.” We think about the money the girls raise that allows them to go camping or travel or buy badges. We think about the money the girls donate to various organizations and the tens of thousands of boxes shipped to military people overseas. For us, personally, what Girl Scout cookies have done is allow us to meet our neighbors. A lot of people are a little leery about taking their girls door-to-door. Well, if we didn’t go door-to-door Katy wouldn’t be able to sell much at all.

So we pound the pavement and have met many neighbors we never would have cross paths with. For the past few years Katy has sold cookies to Steve Dezember II and his mom. In March of 2012, when we delivered Steve’s cookies to him I noticed as he was walking that his gait was very wobbly. He told us that a year earlier, right after we delivered his 2011 cookies, he had been diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). I was pretty horrified; Katy was full of questions. Steve was so sweet and patient to answer Katy’s questions. He said he’d just gotten married and he and his wife, Hope, were going to take a nice honeymoon to Costa Rica and he was going to do all he could while he could, including eating lots of Girl Scout cookies.

So time passed and life went one. Several months later I was pulling out of the subdivision and got behind “the hippy mobile”.

Side of the "hippy mobile"
Side of the “hippy mobile”
Meet Steve!
Meet Steve!

The back has their website, http://www.hopeforsteve.com. So went home and checked the website to see what was going on with Steve. Later I was able to meet his wonderful wife, Hope, as they were driving past us down the street. I had really been wondering how Steve was doing.

So forward to summer. I’m trying to find ways to keep Katy busy and she’s always wanted to have a lemonade stand. There’s no point having one at our house, not many people come down into our cul-de-sac. So I asked Katy if she wanted to have a lemonade stand to benefit Steve and Hope. She was all over that idea.

Katy invited her friends Catherine and Elizabeth to come over and help make posters.

Signs are ready to go!
Signs are ready to go!

Then we spent a week watching the weather forecast. We have had the rainiest summer ever, I think. We’ve already surpassed 2012’s total rainfall. I refused to believe it would rain, though. They were calling for a 30% chance of isolated thunderstorms so I just decided they would be isolated somewhere else.

Since we do not live in a prime location for a lemonade stand we couldn’t have it at our house. It was for a good cause so I didn’t feel bad asking a neighbor to use their yard. Jack and Christi Wynn live two doors from the main entrance to the subdivision and were happy to let us use their yard.

Katy rounded up a few friends to help and some of them even showed up! Much thanks to Dodi, Kyoto and Akira for helping out. They also did a lot of advertising ahead of time and their mom Sylvia helped spread the word on Facebook. They had several friends stop by.

Ready to sell lemonade!
Ready to sell lemonade!

Since we on the “right” side of the road, most cars just pulled up and got curb-side service. That worked really well and we didn’t have many traffic tie-ups at all. Although we did have two or three cars stopped right when the mail truck came.

May we take your order?
May we take your order?
Filling orders
Filling orders

Besides lemonade, we had three types of cookies. The poster board over to the right was for customers to sign. Most people stayed in their cars, but we collected enough messages to hopefully cheer Steve up a bit.

One of Hope and Steve’s friends, Lisa, came by. She is with ALS Guardian Angels (www.alsguardianangels.com), a support organization that donated a van to Steve and Hope. She was on her way to deliver some medical equipment to another ALS patient. She paid to have her travel cup filled up then she nearly drove off without it!

Fill it to the top!
Fill it to the top!
Lisa with the lemonade sellers.
Lisa with the lemonade sellers.

Kelly Hankinson, a friend from our Bridgeway Church days, brought her kids by to buy lemonade and cookies. Abbey was really proud to contribute a few coins from her own little coin purse and they all signed the poster board.

Lemonade and cookies all around!
Lemonade and cookies all around!

The weather was about 98% cooperative. It sprinkled for about 15 minutes. Heath had taken my car home, then when it started thundering, he came back with some umbrellas. We had a water-proof awning to use but it was so hot and dry when I was loading the car we didn’t take it. Heath figured if it rained it would probably be a thunderstorm and it wouldn’t be much use anyway. So we just used the umbrellas for a little while.

Staying dry
Staying dry

We had a lot of people stop by for our quiet little subdivision. We ended up with about $161 without our contribution. We went through about 2 3/4 gallons of lemonade and about four dozen cookies. We got a lot of donations. Katy said she she only had to count change once. More importantly, I hope we got the word out about ALS and that we have a neighbor in need. I know Steve and Hope really want to spread awareness about ALS. You can visit their website at http://www.hopeforsteve.com or their Facebook page, Hope for Steve. If you couldn’t make it to the lemonade stand and would like to donate, there’s a Paypal button on the website.

Here’s a fairly recent photo of Steve and Hope:

Looking good!
Looking good!

Also, Hope was on Say Yes to the Dress. The episode is called Hope for Tomorrow. It’s for sale (download) on Amazon and I found it on YouTube.

3 thoughts on “Girl Scout cookies, a lemonade stand and ALS

  1. A great big thanks to all of you. I was a Girl Scout when I was young. My 16 year old granddaughter has been a Brownie & now a Girl Scout. I am sort of related to Steve’s wife Hope by family marriage. I’m glad that they have such wonderful friends standing behind them. You are all wonderful. Thank you.

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